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 The Confederate Legion
Re-constituting those Long Gray Lines!
Sunday 1 January 2012

  

Welcome to the Confederate Legion!  The Confederate Legion was conceived of in year 1995 for the purpose of creating a lawful and peaceful method of reconstituting, those long gray lines of Men in Gray.  It is not our purpose to create an Armed Force nor a Militia, but rather a military organization in every respect, short of being armed.
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It has become self-evident that once our Confederate Armies had surrender or else were disbanded in 1865, our homeland was left defenseless and prostrate at the feet of a hostile, aggressive foreign invader.  The Confederate Cause of necessity had to be placed on hold for a number of generations, until sufficient time had passed for a renewal and rebirth to take place.
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However we can not rebuild our Confederate States Armed Forces, while the Confederacy remains under occupation, and for obvious reasons.  The paradox of the situation is this, while this is true, we cannot liberate and restore our nation, without a national Armed Military Organization, thus a measure of wisdom is required, if we are to do the one, without doing the other.
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Since we cannot reconstitute our Confederate States Armed Forces, we can at the very least, lawfully and peacefully, constitute a large and powerful ‘Confederate States Military Organization’, short of being armed.  Such an organization would indeed be lawful and peaceful in every way, but nonetheless it must be a well disciplined, trained, equipped and uniformed as a military organization.
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President Jefferson Davis, who never surrendered, nor did he take an Oath of Allegiance to ‘those people’ upon his capture, he addressed the Mississippi Legislature 16 years after the end of that terrible war, wherein he stated, "The contest is not over, the strife is not ended.  It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena."
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Some time after The War, General Robert E. Lee spoke to ex-Governor of Texas, F.W. Stockdale, and he had this to day, "Governor, if I had foreseen the use ‘these people’ desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me.  Had I seen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand.”
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Well, General Lee did surrender and the arena to which President Davis was referring, is now the Political and Cultural arena, and it is in this arena in which we shall continue the struggle for Confederate States Independence.  Unlike the late Reverend Martin Luther King, mine is not a dream but rather a vision, a vision of constituting a Confederate Political Cultural Army.
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Had those who thus far have claimed to support the Confederate Cause, had stood behind the Confederate Legion from its inception, today we would be able to field a Million Man March consisting of sharp, uniformed and disciplined Men in Gray.  The Confederate Legion is not now nor never has been, an effort to bring self-aggrandizement and gratification, but it is rather an effort to restore the instrument of our national independence.

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Some among our numbers have and will continue to believe they should be allowed to join and become a member in name only, but this is not the case.  Those who become members of the Confederate Legion must be prepared to perform their military duties, to obey the orders of those officers appointed over them, and to report, prepared for duty in every respect, not merely when the spirit moves, but when called upon.
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If we are to gain the support of ‘we the people’ those of the Confederate Cause must demonstrate that we mean business, and let it be said that today’s generation requires a bold public demonstration of sincerity.  We’ve all seen uniformed Confederates in reenactments, parades or in some other form, perhaps in the movies, but no one alive today has seen a real Confederate Army on the march.
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We are not talking about organizing yet another group of reenactors, nor theatrical thespians, but an organization which is the political, cultural equivalent of an actual Confederate Army.  Consider this, a uniform can be designed, which is modern in every respect, yet distinctively Confederate, and our soldiers can carry blank cartridge firing weapons, once the funds are available.
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Further once we are large enough in numbers, and have gained the support of a sizeable portion of the population, we can set up training camps, where our troops are trained in every aspect of the military, even gun safety.  And gun safety can be taught if licensed instructors carry it out in conjunction with the law, thereby after liberation has been achieved, it will be easy to rearm the Confederate States Army.

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An attempt has been made here, to explain why I’ve repeatedly attempted to organize the Confederate Legion, and that being to quite literally reconstitute those long gray lines of Men in Gray.  A number of times since the mid 1990’s I’ve had to dissolve and start over, due to the lack of sufficient numbers of serious minded men having the self discipline, drive and stayingf power, but even now only a precious few comprehend.
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Those who wish to gain a further insight into the concept spoken of here; log onboard the following articles titled,
March on Atlanta, Return to Richmond and The Palace Guard.  We are not revolutionaries, nor are we radical in any way, we are simply people who believe that our forefathers had the unalienable right to decide for themselves, what mannor of society, government and nation they wish to pass on to their posterity.
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Also log onboard and read the Proclamation of Independence and gain an understanding as to the basis for our convictions that the Confederate States of America is a valid but occupied nation.  That our Confederate States Constitution remains in effect, howbeit suppressed by the occupation.  There are those who will wave the Confederate Flag and sing Dixie, however, how many will dawn the uniform, and make it happen?
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You ladies, how many of you are prepared to lay aside your levis for a season, dress like a Southern Belle and support the Confederate Legion, and thereby the Confederate Cause?  How many of you are willing to organize into a some form of uniquely Southern Belle organization, recruit other ladies, then help convince the men to join the Men in Gray?  Then organize social functions around the Men in Gray!
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The Confederate Legion is presently in a state of temporary suspension, pending the arrival of an effective, dynamic and charismatic leader.  In this respect, failure is no option, as the Scriptures say, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” {Romans 8:31}.  We have seen the use ‘these people’ desired to make of their victory, and they themselves bear witness of the necessity for reconstituting those Long Gray Lines.
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God save the Confederacy

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