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Reaction continues to Confederate float letter

I was surprised to see a letter in the Bulletin (in the Sept. 18 edition) from a Bandera resident regarding the inclusion of the Sons of The Confederacy/Sons of Confederate Veterans float.

I can only speak for myself and as a native-born Texan, I am very proud of my Confederate ancestors who fought a noble fight for what they believed in, which was states’ rights.

The slavery issue did not come about until President Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation in the third year of the war, 1863, which stated: “all persons held as slaves within (the rebellious states) shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

Note that it did not free slaves held in the North.

As for as our black brothers and sisters, many of whom I fought with during wartime, I believe that most of them recognize history for what it is, history. And yes, we can learn from it, but we cannot and must not attempt to change it.

I would be glad to discuss this with the individual at any time.

F. M. “Doc” Cox Bandera

Texas’ Declaration of Causes: February 2, 1861, declares Texas left the Union to maintain and protect “the institution known as negro slavery – the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits… and which her people intended should exist in all future time.”

The declaration states the “avowed purpose” of the Union was to destroy “the institutions of Texas and her sister-slave-holding states.”

No Confederate groups should march in Bandera’s parades. It will be a stain on Bandera if it happens again.

Honoring the Confederacy ignores slavery’s brutal, inhumane practices, disrespecting people whose ancestors suffered terribly when they were slaves.

Jodie Sinclair Bandera

I disagree with Richard E. Redmond’s comments on the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

Apparently, you were the only one to disagree. The audience applauded our presence in the parade. They must have had a different perception of history than you. They had to defend their country from Mr. Lincoln’s military invasion of the Confederate States of America.

You cannot destroy history, good or bad, or the same type of events will reoccur again.

My Confederate ancestors fought for the country, protecting their families and home from the enemy.

James H. Maxwell Jr.