Why must we be subjected to witnessing a Flag such as that which represents the Occupying U.S. government flying above our Schools, Businesses, and government buildings a flag that is so divisive and represents a consolidated nation that was built on the enslavement of a people, and the extermination of hundreds of millions of Native American Indians,the conquest,and occupation of our Southern Confederate States, and the starvation of our ancestors?
Why do our people grant their consent to the occupation and stamp of approval to such atrocities by participating in the occupiers political venue rather than establishing and participating in their own Southern Confederate political venue? The Confederate army never invaded Indiana, nor burnt their food storage’s and crops there was plenty of food available unlike Andersonville where the invading insurrectionist U.S. Soldiers did destroy food storage’s, and crops in the field.
The following is from the
Our response to the “History” Article released today about Andersonville.
Indianapolis,Indiana. Civil War Confederate prisoners are tortured and murdered at Camp Morton
Northerners are quick to point the moral finger of slavery and Andersonville which often silences any reasonable dialogue. Yankees compare Andersonville with the National Socialist camps. Any media presentation of POW camps during this fateful war focuses on Andersonville at the exclusion of the North’s hellish Camp Morton. The Union tried, convicted, and executed Henry Wirz, the commander of Andersonville, for alleged crimes that occurred before he took charge of the camp or while he was away from the camp due to illness. The Union called 160 witnesses to testify against him. Of those witnesses, 145 testified that they had no knowledge of Wirz killing or mistreating anyone. Only one witness could provide the name of a victim Wirz supposedly killed. The Union did not allow key defense witnesses to testify while the prosecution handpicked witnesses to solidify their case against Wirz. The Union gave its most convincing witness a written commendation and a first-rate government job. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton reported that a higher percentage of Southern POWs died while incarcerated than Northern POWs. The Union hung Wirz on November 10, 1865 but later exonerated him.
The Union appointed Colonel Ambrose A. Stevens as the new commandant of Camp Morton on October 22, 1863. John A. Wyeth, a Confederate prisoner of the Union, arrived at Camp Morton, near Indianapolis, Indiana in late October 1863. He survived the camp and went on to become a physician. Years later, he exposed the horrific conditions at the camp in the April 1891 issue of Century Monthly Magazine. Other victims of the camp then came forward and corroborated Wyeth’s disclosures. According to Wyeth, the Union had erected the camp on about twenty acres of ground that they formerly used as a fairground. They enclosed the camp by a twenty-foot high plank wall. There was a rivulet running through the middle of the camp with sheds on both sides. They initially assembled the sheds to house cattle.
They built the walls of wooden planks which had shrunk and separated. There were four tiers of bunks on each side of the “barracks” which extended seven feet out towards the center. They housed 320 men in each shed. The lowest tier was one foot off the ground; the second was three feet above the first and so on. The Union allowed prisoners about two feet each with their heads next to the wide cracks of the wall with their feet towards the building’s center. The snowy winter weather in 1863-64 decreased to twenty below zero. Each man had one blanket. During a storm, snow would usually cover this meager blanket by morning. The men suffered tremendously as they were unaccustomed to cold weather which lasted until April.
Prisoners, walking skeletons, regularly died of starvation on a daily ration that was not enough for a single meal. The prisoners augmented the meat rations by harvesting the camp’s rat population. Gangrene resulting in death from untreated frostbite was an issue. In the crowded squalid sheds, vermin and parasites were an aggravating challenge. Close personal contact, inadequate scanty clothes, and no bathing or sanitary facilities contributed to the failing health and starving conditions of the prisoners, many of which were under eighteen years of age. The guards physically abused the prisoners who also suffered constant mental abuse. The sadistic guards immediately shot many of them or bludgeoned them to death for minor infractions. The guards, possibly for sport or retribution, repeatedly shot through the flimsy-walled sheds during the night. Wyeth left this hellhole in February 1865. Two thousand young Confederate soldiers died at Camp Morton.
Some of the sheds did not have bunks, so the prisoners had to sleep on the damp, cold ground in the sheds. Prisoners, dirty, cold, lousy and emaciated, slept in their clothes to “keep from freezing.” A Sergeant Pfeifer would walk through the sheds with a heavy stick thrashing left and right into the heads of the starving prisoners yelling – “this is the way you whip your Negroes.” Pfeifer was just one of many brutes who delighted in abusing the POWs. There is sufficient data to document the cruelties of camp life at the hands of the Union, during the War for Southern Independence combined with the ethnic cleansing of America’s indigenous population. Those simultaneous wars served as a perverse prototype for future camps and untold millions of victims, all concealed by government policy and obedient officials.
The Department Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic refuted Wyeth’s claims. The department said it could not imagine why Wyeth and others would fabricate such stories. Century Monthly Magazine then allowed Wyeth another opportunity to expose Camp Morton’s horrors. His first exposure brought a flood of articles and letters published in newspapers nationwide. There were claims that the government paid contractors to supply adequate food but the prisoners never received it due to internal theft. Like the Indians, the Confederates were also at the mercy of corrupt politicians and their crooked cronies. Please LIKE and SHARE in honor of our brave soldiers who died defending the Constitution of the United States against the Northern radical raciest politicians.
Special thanks to Dixie Grays #2155 Sons of Confederate Veterans Indiana Division for this article.
- Garth McKinney