Major William M. Footman
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Camp 1950

Fort Myers, Florida

“A nation which doesn’t remember what it was yesterday, does not know where it is today”. Robert E Lee

Twelve score and five years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, dedicated to equality. Eight score back our forebears valiantly fought the war for Southern independence. Shallowing the bitter pill of defeat, following the will of the majority, they pledged their loyalty to the newly reunited nation.

Today we are engaged in a new civil war, one which finds us fighting against fantasy driven Socialist propaganda that vilifies the dead instead of attempting to understand or tolerate them. One group of citizens are deprived their heritage in the attempt to pacify another. Merely destroying the opposition is no longer enough everyone must be taught to think correctly.

Robert E Lee was a man of faith who displayed bravery, courage, honor, honesty, and devotion to duty. Graduating first in his class at West Point, he later served as the ninth superintendent of the Academy. His tactics helped win the War with Mexico. In 1859 Marines under the command of Colonel Lee played a major role in putting down an armed insurrection against the United States by abolitionist John Brown and a couple dozen armed men raided the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Even after the conflict Lee was still admired by many on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. His efforts to help heal a nation torn asunder were perhaps among his most impressive accomplishments. He assumed the Presidency of Washington College in part because he viewed it as an opportunity to promote unity. When former General Ulysses S Grant became President in 1869, Lee visited him in the White House.

Contrary to current dogma Honest Abe did not maintain universal popularity during the War. Liberal Republicans found him to be weak and easily swayed by public opinion. Northern Democrats feared he had weakened the Nation by his suspension of numerous Constitutionally guaranteed rights and/or liberties including but not limited to: Habeas Corpus, Freedom(s) of Press and Religion. Frederick Douglas said he would have supported anyone else who was more strongly opposed to slavery.
During his second inaugural addressed Abraham Lincoln refused to solely blame the South for the war vowing to move forward “with malice towards none, with charity for all.”

When Booth assassinated Lincoln it opened the door for those who wanted to ruthlessly punish the South at every opportunity, assigning them sole blame for the carnage. Soon laws restricting the ex-rebel’s ability to vote, make a living or even be a preacher where adopted.

Additionally, many Southerners found it hard to forget about the murder of non-combatants, the rape of young girls and women, execution or imprisonment of those who refused to take the loyalty oath, as well as the plunder and destruction of private property that occurred during the War.

Eventually an uneasy agreement emerged that has been described by as the Grand Compromise. The South begrudgingly admitted that dissolving the Union was not the best solution while the North conceded the South fought courageously for a cause they believed in.

Today some claim Confederate memorials should be decommissioned because some equate them with racism, which upsets and offends Blacks. It is not possible to judge the actions of the past by attempting to impose the morals and attitudes of today.

Once we start the historical purge, where does it stop? Will Dr. Martin Luther King be vilified because he was a registered Republican? Eventually no historical figure living, or dead would be able to pass roll call. Moreover, does removing the offending symbol temper the original offence?

A bust of General Lee which proudly stood for fifty-five years on County ground was removed because “more than forty people” protested in June 2020. Now the memorial is slated for permanent removal after a group of law-abiding citizens of approximately the same number, committed the cardinal sin of holding a peaceful memorial in honor of General Lee the day before the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

The members of the Major William Footman Camp # 1950 SCV believe there are tens of millions of patriotic Americans who still honor their Southern heritage. In these turbulent times when Confederate monuments are disappearing overnight without a trace, join those who have decided now’s the time to take a stand.

Please consider joining our organization JOIN or making a tax-deductible donation to support our cause. DONATE Otherwise, the next monument they remove may be your Grandfather’s headstone.

“I pray daily yet almost hourly to you heavenly Father to come to the aid of our afflicted country. There is nothing but Your almighty power that can sustain us, and to you be all the praise. Amen God Bless” Robert E. Lee

“The dominant party can-not reign forever, and truth and justice will prevail at last… It is history that teaches us to hope.”

Robert E Lee.  

Sign the Petition

PETITION: To Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson and the City Council
My name is HK Edgerton and I have fought for years against the hate against one of my personal heroes, Robert E. Lee.
I am sick and tired of the attacks on one of the finest Christian men America has known. Lee is a role model and a point of unity but he has been weaponized by those seeking to divide us along color lines.
Censoring of history in public places just because it doesn't fit a certain agenda has to be stopped, and is a violation of free speech is flat out content discrimination.
Will you join me in demanding Mayor Kevin Anderson and the Fort Myers City Council restore the Lee County namesake memorial to its rightful place?
If so, please sign the petition to tell the City of Fort Myers to restore the Lee Memorial NOW!
Thank you and God bless,
- HK Edgerton

Mr HK Edgerton presenting facts and history to Ft Myers City Council March 21st in our marathon 4:30-9pm Meeting. Rebel Yell!


** Image of old Fort Myers from "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine." **

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The Major William M. Footman Camp 1950, Sons of Confederate Veterans is dedicated to the Charge of Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906:

"To you, Sons of Confederate
Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”

Iron Cross Dedication

 for Pvt. Benjamin Alderman on 5 5 2006 

We remember our fellow compatriots who have gone but are not forgotten!

Dispatches from the camp

June 17 2021

The William M Footman camp is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean McFall as Commander of the 15thBrigade. A founding member of the Footman Camp, Sean has previously held virtually every position including Commander, Lt Commander, Sgt at Arm and Judge Advocate. Sean spearheads gravesite preservation at half a dozen different locations. It would be a dauntless task trying to list everything he has done for cause over the years. Perhaps the most fitting tribute is Commander Barry Swain of the William M Footman 1950 and Commander Steve Markley of the Lt. Francis Calvin Morgan Boggess Camp 2150 independently recommended him for the post. Congratulations Commander McFall.

Meeting Location

We meet every 4th Saturday of each month at
Smoke'n Pit Bar-B-Q
1641 N. Tamiami Trail
North Ft. Myers, Fl 33903
Lunch and fellowship - 11:00am
Meeting - 12:00pm

Camp Officers

Camp Commander:

Gerald W. Shell -

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