MARSALA: And Then The Marxists Came For Camp Beauregard

For almost 200 years the Louisiana National Guard has defended Louisiana and America against foes. They have been there to rescue residents during hurricanes and floods. They have risked their health to provide testing during Covid.

But in 2021 and 2022 the Marxists and Orwellians were able to defeat the Louisiana Guard without firing a shot. Former New Orleans Council Member Kristen Palmer and the 2020 Street Renaming Commission (SRC) scored the first disparagement on the New Orleans’ National Guard Unit, named the Washington Artillery, when she passed a motion at the City Council to remove the Washington Artillery Park erected by Moon Landrieu in 1976. The renaming had been suggested by the SRC by a 6-1 vote.

In 2021, The American-Italian Federation of the Southeast sued the New Orleans City Council over the renaming of Tivoli Circle. The Federation argued that the park, known as Tivoli Place, should be used as a Gold Star and Blue Star Memorial given its proximity to the National World War II Museum.

Italian American Federation Sues NOLA City Council Over Tivoli Circle (thehayride.com)

The SRC, chaired by Karl Connor, argued the Washington Artillery National Guard Monument promoted White Supremacy. It suggested renaming the park for Oscar Dunn, a black Republican who was Lt. Governor of Louisiana from 1868 to 1871.

The Base Commander of Camp Beauregard, Col. Dirk D. Erickson, is now advocating renaming the National Guard Camp in Pineville, which honors PGT Beauregard.

Beauregard served in the US Army for twenty-three years. He was a major in the US Army and designed the battle of Chapultepec, in the Mexican-American War, during which he was twice wounded. He became Superintendent of West Point in 1861.   The operational manuals he wrote as the 1st Adjutant-General of the Louisiana National Guard (1879-1888) became adopted nationwide.

However, in recent years West Point Professor Ty Siedule began writing books to create personal wealth and power using misinformation and lies. In Siedule’s recent book, he falsely claims Beauregard raped slaves prior to the Civil War in the French Quarter in a mansion he owned. Siedule is a member of the Base Renaming Commission chaired by retired Adm. Michelle Howard.

Prior to World War I, military bases in the South were named after Confederate Generals to motivate soldiers. Bases in the North were named after Union Generals. Now following the service and success of those soldiers and victories in World War I and World War II, the value of honoring their ancestors is no longer respected.

From 1866-1868 Beauregard rented a house in the French Quarter from Italian Consul Dominique Lanata. At the time, Beauregard was a widower raising three children. Beauregard was working as President of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad and president of the New Orleans and Carrollton Street Railway. His patent on cable cars would be used in San Francisco.

Slavery had been abolished by the time Beauregard was renting the house. However, Siedule, who has often promoted false information to build his career, incorrectly put in his recent book: “Robert E Lee and Me” that Beauregard raped slaves behind the house, while his wife slept.   Siedule serves on the base renaming commission.  Siedule’s flawed work has been used by the New Orleans SRC to justify renaming Beauregard Street.

In 1873, Beauregard became perhaps the nations first civil rights activist. He reached out to Lt. Governor C C Antoine, who like Dunn was a black Republican, to form a Unification Movement. It was during this time that Beauregard wrote what some assert was used nineteen years as the foundation for the Pledge of Allegiance:  “Equal Rights! One Flag! One Country! One People!”

Here’s a quote from the man being disparaged by the cultural Marxist crowd…

“I am persuaded that the natural relation between the white and colored people is that of friendship, I am persuaded that their interests are identical; that their destinies in this state, where the two races are equally divided are linked together, and that there is no prosperity in Louisiana that must not be the result of their cooperation. I am equally convinced that the evils anticipated by some men from the practical enforcement of equal rights are mostly imaginary, and that the relation of the races in the exercise of these rights will speedily adjust themselves to the satisfaction of all.”

Rather than continue Beauregard’s unification efforts, the Base Renaming Commission, New Orleans Street Renaming Commission, and City Council have taken a divisive path for America.

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