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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell revives Confederate History Month. Virginia seceded on April 17, 1861.

WHEREAS, April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America in a four year war between the states for independence that concluded at Appomattox Courthouse; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has long recognized her Confederate history, the numerous civil war battlefields that mark every region of the state, the leaders and individuals in the Army, Navy and at home who fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth in a time very different than ours today; and

WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to reflect upon our Commonwealth’s shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War, and to recognize how our history has led to our present; and

WHEREAS, Confederate historical sites such as the White House of the Confederacy are open for people to visit in Richmond today, and

WHEREAS, all Virginians can appreciate the fact that when ultimately overwhelmed by the insurmountable numbers and resources of the Union Army, the surviving, imprisoned and injured Confederate soldiers gave their word and allegiance to the United States of America, and returned to their homes and families to rebuild their communities in peace, following the instruction of General Robert E. Lee of Virginia, who wrote that, “…all should unite in honest efforts to obliterate the effects of war and to restore the blessings of peace.”; and

WHEREAS, this defining chapter in Virginia’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Commonwealth prepares to welcome the nation and the world to visit Virginia for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert McDonnell, do hereby recognize April 2010 as CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Confederate History Month [, via ThinkProgress]

Not a mention of slavery… funny dat.

WHEREAS, the northwestern part of the Commonwealth said, “Fuck You, Dumbasses” and broke off to join a more perfect union…

Don’t forget, Friday April 9 is the 145’th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. An occasion worth celebrating. I’m sure the Commonwealth is already planning a big celebration in 2015 for the 150’th anniversary. George Allen is probably in charge.

Just imagine if the Civil War had happened nowadays – there’d be no “and malice towards none”. Faux News (I’m sorry, “The Confederate News Channel”) would drive every last of their pet retards to “resist the evil Yankees”. We’d have a whole series of little Fallujahs with burned-out trailer parks around them.

@al2o3cr: They should just call it a jihad and get on with it.

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