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Gregory C. White
Canton, GA, USA
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E-4 Corporal
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Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 5:53:39 PM
Just days after Confederate statue removals in New Orleans, the American ISIS or Political Correctness, continues its march to erase aspects of American history it does not like or agree with. See the following:


Public Statement from the Board of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc.
May 23, 2017

The Board of the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. is sad to announce that the museum, located on Nash Farm Battlefield, which was funded and maintained by our group, will close effective June 1, 2017. The main reason is that the current District 2 Commissioner, Dee Clemons, has requested that ALL Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the gift shop, in an effort not to offend anyone. For anyone who studies the American Civil War, or War Between the States, they realize there were two parties that fought in this war. We have always prided ourselves with being an unbiased museum that told the entire story of the battles that took place on this property, as well as being a voice of the people in Henry County and Georgia during this time. These stories were told mainly through primary sources, sometimes secondary, but never tertiary sources. To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest. Confederate flags were on this hallowed ground, as were the Union flags. To remove either of them would be a dishonor.

Additionally, Commissioner Clemons stated that this property, which the county spent in excess of $8 million dollars, has no historical significance per the current board. Interestingly, the Department of Interior has recognized this property as core battlefield and there is a primary source where a request is made that the government pay retribution for the damage to the property during the battle. This is clear proof of the historical basis of this property; yet, more could be provided if necessary. This property has the blood of Union and Confederate soldiers in the soil and needs to be preserved as the battlefield that it is.

The Board of the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. complied when Commissioner Clemmons requested, soon after her taking office, that the entrenchments be removed from the property. When she had the Second National Confederate Flag removed from the flag pole where it has been flying since Henry County purchased the property, again we complied and did not create a disturbance in hopes that the museum would be left alone. The final order from Commissioner Clemmons is one that we cannot and will not comply with. We were told that we are at the “pleasure of the (Henry County) Commission”. Her directive is something we cannot comply with in good consciences.

To date, the museum, in its seven years of operation, has seen visitors from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries. Heritage tourism dollars have added money to the tax base in Henry and Clayton Counties, helping to fund many projects, including roads and schools. Prior to the recession, it was not uncommon to see over 2,000 students in a year; however, the yearly school day now has just shy of 500 students who visit not only the museum, but many different hands on stations to help to engage every student. Never have we had a teacher or student complain about the variety of flags or uniforms being presented in these educational settings. In fact, most teachers applaud our efforts to help them in the classroom.

The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. has not only been active on an educational aspect, but has helped Henry County in many ways to manage this beautiful battlefield. We have worked with the Boy Scouts, Eagles Scouts, the Audubon Society, Master Gardeners, Civil War Trust, and other community groups. Our volunteers have put up split rail fencing, painted, cleared barbed wire, mowed, graded roads, picked up debris, fixed many “broken” things around the property, and so much more. Our mission was to assist Henry County, not only with the historical aspect of the property, but to make this a property the entire community could be proud of. To be honest, majority of the people in District 2 are proud of Nash Farm Battlefield.

There will be many who will think the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. should have stood up to this censorship. Currently, the museum operates out of the old Nash farmhouse, which is owned by Henry County, and all utilities are paid by the county. The relics that were displayed, with the exception of a small amount that Henry County owns, were on loan to our group. When our key volunteer and donor made the decision to pull his relics, the Board had no other decision than to close the museum. We could have kept the doors open sporadically and showed beautiful display cases that were empty. When you engage in a conflict, your goal is to gain ground. The Board felt the only decision we had was to close the museum. This has not been an easy decision as many of our volunteers have donated much time, money, sweat, and tears to this property. The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield was created after the Steering Committee was dissolved by the Henry County Board of Commissioners over 10 years ago. That is over a decade of work that some of our volunteers have contributed to this property.

As a Board, we ask that you contact not only Commissioner Clemmons, but also all the other Henry County Board of Commissioners, to let them know how you feel about the current political climate that affected the closing of Nash Farm Battlefield Museum. It is important that you voice your opinion to these politicians so they know there is public support for the historical aspect of this property.

Thank you to all the groups and individuals who have supported Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. over the years. Our volunteers have been honored to work to preserve history and work diligently to improve the community. We can only hope that this property and its history will be sustained for future generations.
Respectfully Submitted by the Board of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc.
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"I do not believe that any man can adequately appreciate the world of to-day unless he has some knowledge of...[and] some feeling for...the history of the world of the past." Theodore Roosevelt

Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan, MI, USA
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Posts: 2771

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 6:46:43 PM
Hi Greg,

Certainly a sad situation, & who does it benefit??

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It only hurts people who want to enjoy, & learn about American History!

Sad,
MD

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"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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E-9 Cmd Sgt Major
Posts: 5313

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 7:27:07 PM
It sounds like an internal conflict between the commissioner of the district and the curator of the museum and friends.

The museum is owned by the county. Has the local government been getting pressure to remove the flags and the commissioner is just the voice of the local government?

I think that museums, assuming that a balanced approach is used, are the appropriate place for these artefacts.

A little common sense is needed.

Is there something about the displays that demonstrates inaccurate or unbalanced history?


George

Gregory C. White
Canton, GA, USA
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E-4 Corporal
Posts: 172

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 8:01:25 PM

Quote:
It sounds like an internal conflict between the commissioner of the district and the curator of the museum and friends.

The museum is owned by the county. Has the local government been getting pressure to remove the flags and the commissioner is just the voice of the local government?

I think that museums, assuming that a balanced approach is used, are the appropriate place for these artefacts.

A little common sense is needed.

Is there something about the displays that demonstrates inaccurate or unbalanced history?


George
--George


George,

The only comment attributed to the commissioner that I've read so far (from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)is that she instructed the museum and its gift shop to remove all of its Confederate flags in order not to offend anyone. No mention of an inaccurate historical display of an kind. Just another politician representing a fringe, radical base trying to make a name for herself at the expense of our history. Not all aspects of our history is fair or embraced by everyone. Learn from it so we don't repeat it; don't erase it.

Best Regards,

Greg
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"I do not believe that any man can adequately appreciate the world of to-day unless he has some knowledge of...[and] some feeling for...the history of the world of the past." Theodore Roosevelt

morris crumley
Lawrenceville, GA, USA
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E-9 Sergeant Major
Posts: 1190

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 8:08:38 PM
No, this is Dee Clemons, black woman, Spellman College Grad, Democrat....and "educator" what a fricken joke that is...deciding to erase one aspect of history out of spite. I wish I live long enough to see these fascists paint over the Confederate battle flags on the Gettysburg Cyclorama.

It also points out that the "we just think they should be moved to a museum" is bullshit.

Thanks for posting this Greg, I had no idea that mental illness has now spread into Henry County to this degree.

Respects, Morris
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"You are a $70, red-wool, pure quill military genius, or the biggest damn fool in northern Mexico."

Gregory C. White
Canton, GA, USA
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E-4 Corporal
Posts: 172

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 8:08:48 PM
Follow-up Public Statement by Board of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc.

The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield is overwhelmed by the support of so many
strangers. While our group loves this property, it has been humbling to see the
outpouring from all walks of life stand up for this hallowed ground. However, we
don’t want to lose our focus in this situation. District 2 Commissioner Dee
Clemmons came on May 13, 2017 to Nash Farm Battlefield Museum as a guest for an
event and dictated to us to remove ALL Confederate flags from inside the museum.
By doing so, our group would be altering the history that included both sides of
the conflict that took place on the property. We have never stated or insinuated
that Henry County Board of Commissioners forced us off the property. We have
expressed that we must portray what took place, which includes both sides. Our
museum had period correct Confederate and Union flags for visitors to see and
learn about. Again, we prided ourselves in not being partial to the Union or
Confederate sides.

While the museum is no longer open, our focus is to protect the land that is
listed by the United States Department of Interior as core battlefield. We want
to encourage everyone to contact the Henry County Board of Commissioners to
express their feelings about Commissioner Clemmons stating the property has no
historical significance. This is a huge concern as to the future of this
consecrated soil that has the blood of Americans on it. We don’t want to wake up
and find this pristine battlefield destroyed due to a political agenda.
We ask that everyone who contacts Commissioners or state officials to remember
to be professional and respectful. The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield is
dedicated to being positive on this issue, and we ask our supporters to be as
well.

Respectfully Submitted by Jimmy Pettitt, President of Friends of Nash Farm
Battlefield, Inc.
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"I do not believe that any man can adequately appreciate the world of to-day unless he has some knowledge of...[and] some feeling for...the history of the world of the past." Theodore Roosevelt

George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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E-9 Cmd Sgt Major
Posts: 5313

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 8:19:50 PM
Surely there is an avenue of appeal and protest, at the County government level, if this woman is acting unilaterally.

Cheers,

George

Gregory C. White
Canton, GA, USA
top 40
E-4 Corporal
Posts: 172

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 8:32:05 PM

Quote:
No, this is Dee Clemons, black woman, Spellman College Grad, Democrat....and "educator" what a fricken joke that is...deciding to erase one aspect of history out of spite. I wish I live long enough to see these fascists paint over the Confederate battle flags on the Gettysburg Cyclorama.

It also points out that the "we just think they should be moved to a museum" is bullshit.

Thanks for posting this Greg, I had no idea that mental illness has now spread into Henry County to this degree.

Respects, Morris
--morris crumley


Morris,

When one visits a Civil War battlefield & museum, is it not kind of expected you may encounter a Confederate flag at some point?

After recent events in New Orleans and Charlottesville, and now in my own backyard of Metro Atlanta, I never believed
such things could happen in my country. This is the kind of stuff that happened in Nazi Germany; the Soviet Union;
and the Taliban in Afghanistan, blowing up 3,000 year-old statue of Buddha; or ISIS dynamiting a Roman temple. And as
you know, this is not relegated only to anything "Confederate". The Founding Fathers have been subject to this as well.
So-called "academia" is the source of this, filling impressionable young minds with mush. Lets change our history so
we can all "get along". They've been saying all along our statues, flags and relics should be in museums. In Henry County,
a Civil War museum isn't even safe !

Greg
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"I do not believe that any man can adequately appreciate the world of to-day unless he has some knowledge of...[and] some feeling for...the history of the world of the past." Theodore Roosevelt

John Gross
Desert Southwest, USA
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E-4 Specialist


Posts: 58

Re: Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County, Georgia, CLOSED
Posted on: 5/24/2017 8:40:44 PM
"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

Booker T. Washington, 1911


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