Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

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A native of Georgia, Calvin Johnson, Chairman of the National and Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate History Month Committee---[url=][/url] lives near the historic town of Kennesaw and he's a member of the Chattahoochee Guards Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is the author of the book "[i]When America Stood for God, Family and Country[/i]." Calvin can be reached at: [[email protected]][email protected][/email]

Most Recent Articles by Calvin E. Johnson Jr.:

Remembering Mary Surratt; Marylander and Southerner

Jul 7, 2016 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

The first woman to be executed in America took place on July 7, 1865. Her name was Mary Surratt.

President Jefferson Davis said;

“I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it.”

America had not yet celebrated her 85th birthday when the South seceded from the Union in the year of our Lord 1861. Secession was recognized as a God given right that was also exercised by the 13 American Colonies in their separation from Great Britain in 1776 to form the United States of America.

The Jefferson Davis ‘Memorial Day’ Funeral Train

Jun 5, 2016 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

June 3rd was the 208th birthday of Jefferson Davis who served in the United States House and Senate, 23rd United States Secretary of War and President of the Confederate States of America.

If you listened closely, and the wind was blowing in the right direction, you may have heard a train whistle in the distance.  As a youngster near Atlanta, this and the sound of “taps” from nearby Fort McPherson were special sounds. Today, air conditioners and closed windows segregate the sounds of trains, owls and all the wonderful sounds of the symphony of the night. We do not hear our community’s soul; we hear only its machines.

On Sunday, May 28, 1893, a few days before “Memorial Day”, in New Orleans, a story began that overshadowed all other events.

Confederate Memorial Day in Dixie

Apr 18, 2016 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Tuesday, April 26th, is Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia when the Constitution of the Confederate States of America will be placed on display in Athens, Georgia.

Confederate Memorial Day became a legal holiday in Georgia in 1874 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly and bill signed by then Governor James Smith, who also served as Confederate Colonel, Lawyer and Congressman.

April, Confederate History Month, is an important month in America’s history. The Great Locomotive Chase, where Union spies attempted to steal the Confederate Locomotive “The General” and destroy rail lines and bridges, took place on April 12, 1862. It is also the month the War Between the States began and ended.

Happy birthday Robert E. Lee

Jan 16, 2016 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Sir Winston Churchill called General Robert E. Lee, “one of the noblest Americans who ever lived.”

Do young people still hear stories about George Washington, Booker T. Washington and Robert E. Lee? There was a time when schools and businesses closed in respect for the birthday of one of the South’s favorite sons -Robert E. Lee.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, is the 209th birthday of Robert E. Lee, whose memory is still dear in the hearts of many Americans and people throughout God’s good earth.

During Robert E. Lee’s 100th birthday in 1907, Charles Francis Adams, Jr., a former Union Army Commander and grandson of United States President John Quincy Adams, spoke in tribute to Robert E. Lee at Washington and Lee College’s Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginia. His speech was printed in both Northern and Southern newspapers and is said to had lifted Lee to a renewed respect among the American people.

76th Anniversary of “Gone With The Wind”

Dec 14, 2015 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

The clock was turned back in Atlanta, Georgia, for the World Premiere of ‘Gone with the Wind’  at the Loews Grand Theater on Peachtree Street. The beautiful theater was sadly destroyed by fire in 1978 but many folks still remember when Hollywood came to Atlanta to celebrate that wonderful movie and Atlanta’s own author Margaret Mitchell, whose book about Scarlett O’Hara, the Southern people and the War Between the States would be read by millions around the world and be made into this exciting motion picture that has become a classic.

Do you remember when a movie premiere was a red carpet affair of excitement when you could take your family to the picture show without worrying about the language or sexual content of the film?

Confederate Memorial Day in the South

Apr 22, 2015 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Tennessee Senator Edward Ward Carmack said it best in 1903:

“The Confederate Soldiers were our kinfolk and our heroes. We testify to the country our enduring fidelity to their memory. We commemorate their valor and devotion. There were some things that were not surrendered at Appomattox. We did not surrender our rights and history; nor was it one of the conditions of surrender that unfriendly lips should be suffered to tell the story of that war or that unfriendly hands should write the epitaphs of the Confederate dead. We have the right to teach our children the true history of the war, the causes that led up to it and the principles involved.”

The Great Locomotive Chase in Georgia

Apr 11, 2015 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

The Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States concludes this year but Confederate Heritage events will continue in Dixie for many years to come.

Old Times are not forgotten in the South

Apr 1, 2015 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Some folks call the Confederate flag and United States flag racist. Sir Winston Churchill said it best when he said:

“The flags of the Confederate States of America were very important and a matter of great pride to those citizens living in the Confederacy. They are also a matter of great pride for their descendants as part of their heritage and history.’


Remembering Robert E. Lee: American Patriot and Southern Hero

Jan 17, 2015 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Sir Winston Churchill called General Robert E. Lee, “one of the noblest Americans who ever lived.”

Please let me call to your attention that Monday, January 19, 2015, is the 208th birthday of Robert E. Lee, whose memory is still dear in the hearts of many Southerners. Why is this man so honored in the South and respected in the North? Lee was even respected by the soldiers of Union blue who fought against him during the War Between the States.

Sixty-Eighth Anniversary of Disney’s ‘Song of the South’

Nov 12, 2014 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Is censorship of Hollywood motion pictures a thing of the past, or…

Is it still alive and well in the movie industry today against movies that are not politically correct? There are many who find some ‘R’ rated Hollywood movies of today equally offensive but I don’t think Hollywood is listening.

The Cyclorama, Battle of Atlanta and Gone with the Wind

Aug 25, 2014 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

This summer marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.

Please share with parents, teachers, students, historians and all who cherish the Heritage of America’s past that includes those days when women kept the home fires burning while the men of Yankee Blue and Confederate Gray met with cold-hard steel on a battlefield of honor.

Mildred Lewis Rutherford: Southern Educator and Historian

Jul 16, 2014 — Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Did you know?

The first woman to be recorded in the Congressional Record “Mildred Lewis Rutherford” was 10 years young at the outbreak of the American War Between the States in 1861. Fifty-five years later she said in a 1916 speech: