Confederate heroes have own medal of honor

Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:39 PM
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HANCOCK, Md. — The Medal of Honor has a Confederate counterpart.

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The grave of Confederate Medal of Honor recipient James Breathed. Breathed, a major in the 1st Virginia Cavalry, practiced medicine in Hancock after the war. He is the 50th recipient of the medal awarded by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a private group.   AP
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The grave of Confederate Medal of Honor recipient James Breathed. Breathed, a major in the 1st Virginia Cavalry, practiced medicine in Hancock after the war. He is the 50th recipient of the medal awarded by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a private group.

The Confederate Medal of Honor has been posthumously awarded 50 times since 1977 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to fighters for the South who distinguished themselves in battle.

The most recent recipient is Maj. James Breathed, a native Virginian buried in Hancock, Md. Breathed was honored last year for bravery in the 1864 Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in Virginia.

Rebel heroes will be celebrated this spring at state Confederate Memorial Day observations across the South, starting this weekend in Georgia.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, representing the nearly 3,500 U.S. medal recipients, says it doesn’t care about the Confederate medal program — as long as it doesn’t pretend to be the federal one.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/26/14 - 06:44 pm
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Could Have Said That Differently

I wish The Congressional Medal of Honor Society had phrased that a little differently.I inherited my ancestors’ farm in Aiken County off Hwy 302 and there’s an idyllic little white church out there for the farm community that has been there since 1832. The cemetery is full of CSA veterans. The War Between the States is our history. Those men gave their all. Said as a US Army veteran who tried to represent my country and the South well.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/26/14 - 08:31 pm
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The Confederacy was not a negligible nation

It had the 4th largest economy on the planet during its brief existence and was home to some of the greatest men and women every to grace American soil.

Ask Ben Stein and he will tell you with considerable enthusiasm that the South has transformed itself and evolved economically and socially more and more quickly than any place ever in the history of the world. That speak volumes about the quality of the people in the South who had the power to prevent that from happening but didn't. It also speaks volumes about the quality of character among everyday, average Southerners who adapted and have thrived.

The men who fought and died for their country, the Confederate States of America, were every bit as brave, gallant and heroic as any American who has ever fought in any war. Awarding the Confederate Medal of Honor to Confederate stand-outs has no less value, stature or merit than awarding the United States Medal of Honor.

Heroes are heroes, regardless of the nation.

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deestafford 04/27/14 - 12:25 am
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I agree with Riverman1...

I agree with Riverman1. I have a few friends and people I served with who are MOH awardees and I don't think they would have that feeling.

There is a push in today's military to downgrade the contributions of those who fought on the Confederate side during the War for Southern Independence. Many who were very distinguished during American service prior to The War such as Robert E. Lee and nearly all the Confederate generals.

This is evident by a recent move to banish from the places of honor at the Army War College pictures of Robert E. Lee and other Southerners. To quote and AWC Obama spokeswoman, "Robert E. Lee never did anything of significance for the United States."

Her ignorance of his service in the Mexican American War is just one example of what the divisive atmosphere perpetuated by Obama has rendered.

By the way, it was not a "Civil War". The South was not trying to take over the government of the United States.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/27/14 - 05:17 am
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The Award for Traitorous Service to Our Country.

The Award for Traitorous Service to Our Country.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/27/14 - 05:33 am
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How dare you dishonor the

How dare you dishonor the brave men and woman in this country who have won the Medal of Honor by even attempting to compare it to some award given to traitors of this great nation. That is beyond disgusting and far from being a loyal American patriot. I've met a couple of Medal of Honor holders and it was an honor to me that was almost beyond comprehension. People can spit on the graves of the traitors and their fake medals for all I care. They are the antithesis to those great Americans. "Heroes are heroes, regardless of the nation." Hitler was a hero to Nazi Germany. Tojo was a hero to Imperial Japan. They too tried to destroy America. You can throw the Confederates and their medals right in there with them. Good Lord, will the America hating old Confederates ever stop worshipping those traitors?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/27/14 - 05:58 am
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ha

"Lighten up Frances"

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 04/27/14 - 07:29 am
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Bod

You never cease to amaze

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/28/14 - 11:16 am
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Or grate.

Heroes are heroes, regardless of what the nations they serve are like, or if you even agree about it.

Fortunately, neither you nor any of us here are the ones whose opinions decide merit. And honestly, no one would really expect you to applaud anything about the South except, perhaps, having any mention of it, its history or heritage designated as a legally punishable offense.

Just out of curiosity, how does it dishonor anyone to honor someone else? Short answer: It doesn't.

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