A brief overview of Confederates in Union POW camps.
 
Approximately 215,000 Southerners were captured and confined in  Union POW camps.  Of these, approximately 26,000 Confederates died while in captivity or 12.1 % of those Southerners who were captured in the conflict.  In many of these prison camps records were minimal or not kept at all.  The conditions were heinous.  Lack of clean water, food, adequate clothing and medical care contributed to the deaths and dismal conditions in the camps.  Brutality by the guards, commanding officers and the federal government took its toll also.  Broiled rat was regarded as cuisine and any dog that wandered into the camp was killed and eaten. At Camp Morton POW camp located in Indiana, 24 Negro Confederates and 1 Hispanic Confederate are buried.  It is estimated that between 250-300 Negro, Hispanic and Native American Confederates passed through this camp.  These veterans faired as badly as their White brothers in arms.
 
This SCV (Scala Caeli Vale) “The ladder to heaven- farewell” flag is dedicated to the memory of those who died and those who survived the horrors in those wretched Union camps.  The gray field represents the Confederate gray.  The yellow star represents all those who died in the conflict, combatants and Southern civilians (at least 50,000) that were killed by the Union Army, there are no accurate records. Many black and white people were robbed, raped, tortured and starved to death by the “Northern Liberators”. The Seal of the Confederacy with George Washington pointing the way is surrounded by the crops grown in the South which would include; corn, tobacco, cotton, beans, etc.  The circle of stars represents each of the Confederate states. 
The navy blue St. Andrews Cross is one of the colors of mourning, it also represents a part of the battle flag.
 
 Above the seal is the motto: “You Shall Not Be Forgotten”. Beneath the seal POW-MIA’s with the “Deo Vindice” within the seal which basically means “God Vindicates”. 
 
This flag was created in dedication to James Madison Gornto, an ancestor, who was a Private in the 4th Florida Infantry Company “C”.  He was captured at Missionary Ridge, TN and confined in December 1863. He later died the same month at Rock Island Federal POW camp in Illinois and is buried in plot #39.  
 
 At Rock Island POW camp the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected a monument that states;
 
                             “In Memory Of The Confederate
                               Veterans Who Died At The
                                  Rock Island Confederate
                               Prison Camp.  May They Never
                                 Be Forgotten.  Let No Man
                                    Asperse The Memory Of
                               Our Sacred Dead.  They Were
                             Men Who Died For A Cause They
                         Believed Was Worth Fighting For And
                                Made The Ultimate Sacrifice”
 
We say; “You Shall Not Be Forgotten”. As long as duty, honor and sacrifice define Southern heroism your memory will live forever.
 
The U.S. Congress in 1958 declared that Confederate veterans have the same respect, rights and honors of any other American veteran. 
 
Quoting from the United States Statutes at Large, Volume 72, Part 1, Pages 133-134,
 
“By Federal act of Congress (May 23,1958) all Confederate veterans are United States Military Veterans, and deserve all the rights and honors pertinent to such service.”
 
Confederate veterans are thus not only recognized as U.S. citizens, but fully as a Federally-recognized member of the U.S. Military (with Veterans’ status) as well. 
 
The Confederate POW flag is currently flying in Sons of Confederate Veteran Camps, United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapters and private residences in the following states and countries;  Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington State, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, Virginia, New York State, Delaware, Maryland, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, Ohio, Maine, West Virginia, Alaska, Oklahoma, Colorado and in the UK and Iraq.
 
 
                                Memorial Grave Flags
 
The Confederate POW – MIA flag project is pleased to announce the Confederate civilian memorial grave flag.  This is to honor all the Southerners, Black and White, women and children and the elderly  who were killed, tortured, raped and had everything taken from them by the Federals during the War for Southern Independence.  “You shall not be forgotten” .
 
 “In war there is an unwritten rule that civilians are to be left alone, unless they are actively engaging in combat against the opposing army. This rule was broken by the Union Army on numerous occasions. The civilian population of the Southern Confederacy were targeted by the Union Army, as a way to demoralize the South.  This history is not well know because the victor, (the North) rewrote the history of the war.”     (Southern parties of the Southwest)
 
    Yankee War Criminals of the War for Southern Independence
 
1.  Gen Ulysses S. Grant; Crimes against humanity, too numerous to count.
 
2. Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing; Murderer of women and children in Kansas City, Missouri
 
3.  Capt. Nathaniel Lyon (Connecticut); Butchered women and children in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
4.  Andrew Johnson (future Vice President under Lincoln whom he made military governor of Tennessee in the areas of occupation) ordered churches, schools, hospitals and homes burned and jailed innocent citizens.
 
5.  Maj. Gen. Robert H. Milroy; Stole land, animals, materials, money and re-located thousands of Southern civilians in order to steal what he could.
 
6.  Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside looted Fredericksburg and destroyed innocent citizen’s property.  Stole $175,000. from it’s citizens.
 
7.  Maj. Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchell; Sacked and destroyed Athens Alabama even though there was nothing there of military value.
 
8.  Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler; Stole property, imprisoned citizens, stole personal items and committed atrocities against the women of New Orleans.
 
9.  Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman; Allowed pillaging, rape, murder and theft during the march to Atlanta.  After destroying Georgia, he destroyed South Carolina then North Carolina burning his way northward.
 
10.  Dr. Mary Edwards Walker; Surgeon in charge of the Louisville Female Military Prison abused and starved women and children held as prisoners.
 
(“War Crimes against Southern Civilians” by Walter Brian Cisco)
 
There were many others guilty of similar crimes but space does not allow for further elaboration.  Please read the information provided for further study and draw your own conclusions.                 
 
We are also pleased to announce the Confederate POW – MIA memorial grave flags.  These flags as well as the Confederate Civilian flags measure 8” x 11”. Cost is only $2.00 each with a minimum of 10 flags per bundle.  Plus shipping and handing @ $3.00 per bundle.  Orders of 50 flags or more will receive free shipping.  The Confederate POW – MIA flag still sells for $20.00 which includes shipping and handling.
 
Please visit our website at www.confederatepowflag.com  www.rebelpowflag.com   and  www.dixiedefenders2086.com  to download an order form.
 
Respectfully,
 
Kenn Lightfoot
Life Member SCV
Dixie Defenders 2086


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