July 25, 2010 by Steamboat Jack
John Adams Dix (July 24, 1798 – April 21, 1879) was a Democrat. Among other jobs, he was elected Senator (D-NY) and was appointed by President James Buchanan (D-PA) as Secretary of the Treasury in 1861.
John Adams Dix was Secretary of the Treasury when Democrats tore these United States apart with secession. He sent a telegram to the Treasury agents in New Orleans that ordered:
“If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.”
(From Wikipedia, links below) His importance at the beginning of the Civil War was in arresting and thereby preventing the Maryland (Democrats, ed.) legislature from meeting. This prevented Maryland from seceding, and earned him President Lincoln’s gratitude. Considered too old for field command, Dix’s most distinguished contribution during the war was the suppression of the New York Draft Riots in July 1863.
Notes on the Draft Riots of 1863:
The rioters in 1863 Draft Riots in New York were mostly from Democrat, primarily Irish, political gangs that feared and hated black people.
“a virtual racial pogrom, with uncounted numbers of blacks murdered on the streets”.
(The recent movie, Gangs of New York, showed racial harmony. That’s Horse Puckey. I wonder why the writers and directors chose to tell you a lie? Are they afraid that you can’t handle the truth? ed.)
The poor Irish were afraid that freed slaves would take their jobs. There were also legitimate grievances with the draft but the most explosive cause was racism: they feared for their survival.
I hasten to say that not all Irish were involved. (Full disclosure: I am Irish on my Grandmother’s side and I am proud of what the Irish have done in this country. ed.) The 69th Regiment of the Irish Brigade, “The Fighting Sixty-Ninth” or the “Fighting Irish”, was one of the bravest and hardest fighting units of the Civil War.
“Faugh a Ballagh”
The battle cry of the Fighting 69th, Irish Gaelic for “Clear the Way.”
If only present day Democrats could find guidance in the memory of John Adams Dix.
Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)
Additional reading. A note on Wikipedia: their organization has a strong liberal bias. It can be useful, but keep in mind that “truth is not their most important product”.