|Braxton B. Wright|
Patrick McGreevey of the LA Times noted that the name change would include two California schools named for Confederate leaders including Robert E. Lee. "Braxton Bragg who sat out William Tecumseh Sherman's march from Atlanta to Savannah in Augusta in Walker County, Georgia also refused to surrender with Robert E. Lee at Appomattox....a strange actions for a Confederate General that Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest threatened to kill with his own hands if Bragg's inexplicable and apparently cowardly decisions got in the way of Forrest again," said Lowell P. Wigglesworth, an outspoken critic of U.S. history textbooks and dominant teachings. "It's mythology folks and it's bad for you," said Wigglesworth.
President Clinton will make in his speech at Georgetown University in 2015 and repeated in New Hampshire in 2016, that Franklin Pierce allowed this "drift toward Civil War" because of the death of his son on a train.....an event that influenced what Clinton called Pierce's inability to prevent a Civil War. The letter between Jeff Davis and Pierce shows anything but a "drift". The writer continued.......
How will we be able to trace the fact that in 1850 the opium cutter, Frolic, built in the Gardner shipyard, Baltimore (Thomas Layton, Voyage of the Frolic: New England Merchants and Opium Trade, 1999, Stanford Univ. Press), sank near Fort Bragg. How will be able to trace through Jefferson Davis' letters* at the Jefferson Davis Project at Rice University the fact that Jefferson Davis, Caleb Cushing....New England's leading opium trader with John Perkins Cushing.....and relative of "Lincoln's Commando" William B. Cushing.....and Franklin Pierce were close friends who saw the arrival of Abe Lincoln as a perfect storm for a Civil War that placed according to Thomas Layton, Fred Bailey, later known as Frederick Douglass, an opium cutter builder from Gardner's shipyard in Baltimore, as the great abolitionist orator who spoke at Boston's Faneuil Hall after Jefferson Davis had spoken there at Cushing's invitation?
Wigglesworth sees the migration to the Northern California coast of prominent New England China Trading families as a direct result of their long-term business plan focused less on Sutter's Mill gold found in 1849, than on the renewable "white gold" of the Middle East's opium poppy. "Yes, while in New England you had the father of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., advancing the medicinal value of opioids and even coining the word "anesthetics" there were Cushing physicians like John Cushing whose son, Sidney, built a railroad in Mill Valley across the bay from San Francisco. Dr. John Cushing was a good friend of John Muir for whom Muir Woods was named, but Cushing also named his local haven Blithedale after "Blithedale Romance" from his 1825 Bowdoin College classmate's, Nathaniel Hawthorne's, writings. Franklin Pierce was their upper classman from Bowdoin graduating the year before Cushing and Hawthorne in 1824. Is this important for young Americans to understand before they offer themselves up on a battlefield in Helmand Province in Afghanistan where the very same opium poppies that are the economic engine that run the place can be grown nearly anywhere in the world and are as ubiquitous as the salt upon which Ghandi focused a revolution in India? Damn right!" said Wigglesworth. "You need to know about every aspect of the mythology that has defined us as a people before you allow yourself to be cremated on the altar of someone elses' carelessness....and Bill Clinton's word salad about Franklin Pierce is definitely a Caesar Salad dressed over with Clinton's smarmy lies, just as he lied about Mena and Monica," said Wigglesworth.
Wigglesworth has shown how U.S. drug policy and law, influenced as they were by Supreme Court judges like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. established a wide-ranging program of protectionism for some and exploitation of others. "Is it any wonder that the Union Army's finest artillery commander was future pharmacist and founder of one of the U.S.'s biggest drug companies, Eli Lilly? Amputations need opioids. Was it any wonder that when FDR proposed a social security program that moved in the direction of universal healthcare that those who controlled this rigged system attempted to remove FDR with a fascist coup that motivated two-time Congressional Medal of Honor winner, General Smedley Darlington Butler, to write his book War Is A Racket," said Wigglesworth.
*"When Lincoln comes in he will have but to continue in the path of his predecessor to inaugurate a civil war and, leave a soi disant democratic administration responsible for the fact. Genl. Cushing was here last week and when we parted it seemed like taking a last leave of a Brother." -Letter of Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce, Jan. 20, 1861.