The family of Creed Holland, an enslaved man whose labor was exploited by the confederates during the Civil War, is tired of the constant lies coming from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. See the story here. In 2002, the SCV fooled his descendants into believing he was a soldier, and they allowed the SCV to place a confederate marker on his grave. Four descendants even joined the SCV and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Since that time, though, they’ve seen through the deception. All but one descendant are no longer members of these organizations, and they’ve removed the confederate marker from his grave. His great-grandson, William Holland, “questions whether Creed Holland actually served in the war. … He has doubts for several reasons. None of his family members have any information about Creed Holland’s service — no one ever talked about it. When he filed paperwork for his pension, the pension clerk wrote back seeking additional information about his service. Creed Holland couldn’t read or write, so he wouldn’t have been able to fill out the application on his own. If he had received pension money, it would have been life-changing, yet he struggled financially. Even if he did serve, William Holland doubts his great-grandfather ever received a pension.”
William Holland has issues with the SCV itself as well. “William Holland doesn’t feel that the Sons of Confederate Veterans are willing to acknowledge the role that slavery played in the Civil War, or give black members of the group an opportunity to share their heritage. He wants the Sons of Confederate Veterans to ‘tell people the truth.’ [good luck with that, Mr. Holland] Holland said he’s frustrated when SCV members say that the Civil War was about states’ rights. States’ rights and slavery went hand in hand, Holland said. He wishes they’d tell the truth, acknowledge what happened and apologize. He feels the organization is using his brother as a prop and wants him to leave the organization.”
The SCV, of course, is continuing to lie, claiming slavery had nothing to do with the Civil War. They’re even threatening to call the county sheriff, claiming the FAMILY of the man desecrated his grave by removing the desecrating marker. It seems there is no depth below which this group will sink.