I do not make it a practice of posting emails on this site, but given the circumstances I feel this is justified. Earlier today Earl Ijames responded to my request for copies of his public presentation on black Confederates, all of which are part of the public record. Mr. Ijames responded with his professional email address, which makes it subject to third party review. I am not surprised that he refused my request, but I was disappointed by his tone and personal insults. Ijames is an employee of the North Carolina Museum of History, which is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency. That makes him a public servant. It goes without saying that the following email reflects poorly on both the North Carolina Museum of History and Office of Archives and History. Regardless of Mr. Ijames’s personal feelings, I have every right to question and comment on information shared on publicly accessible websites. Today he had a chance to respond and put to rest a number of questions that have been raised about his research. He chose not to.
Thank you for your request.
However, please don’t intimate as if we’re strangers.
You obviously assume yet another ignorant and incorrect posture by inferring that my research was done while serving as an Archivist, and not just an employee “who only pulls records” as you conveniently misrepresent in your blog. What’s more, I have shared with you already the little research that was done while on state time, that is confirming the service of Pvt. John Venable (Colored), Co. H, 21st Regt. N.C.S.T., whom you and unnamed associates continue to dishonor. Yet, you bumble and stumble with Venable trying to explain away his courage and service. You definitely couldn’t handle the weight and the truth of the depth and breadth of service of the Colored Confederates of our great State.
As for my private research supported on my on dime in my “copious” spare time… “Sir, You Will Get No Troops from North Carolina!”
On the other hand, I have offered to you on numerous occasions to debate any time any where, again on my dime. I’ll re-iterate that offer to you to put your money where your loose lips leak erroneous information. Please come to the Savannah State University and the Telfair Museum in that fine southern city next week for real presentation “Colored Confederates and United States Colored Troops” as part of their Annual Black History Month celebrations. Or if you want to save gas, then please visit the Chatham County (of NC) Historical Society on the last Sunday of Black History Month for a similar program with a Chatham County, NC flair. At either event, you’ll be my special guest, seated front and center.
If you don’t show, then we can conclude that you’re not as serious of a student of history as you misrepresent yourself to be. And therefore, I must admonish you to discontinue capitalizing on my name and promoting your website business by defamation.
The offer still stands, or you can continue to cowardly post erroneous and slanderous information while you suffer from cabin fever in the frozen tundra of your “research”.
What’s more, you should be ashamed at the dishonor and discredit that you (et als) intend for Weary Clyburn, Co. E, 12th S.C. Volunteers, his daughter, and family. You might be hearing from their lawyer.
You must be also warned that if you continue the rants, then you risk exposing yourself as a buffoon.
Once you dig out of your blizzard, please feel free to make an appointment with me at the North Carolina Museum of History. Many people travel from states farther than northern Virginia to share in our history that’s been my life’s work. Just the last fifteen years on my resume is more than you’ll accomplish over the course of your career! I just hope that you haven’t damaged too many of those captive classrooms with students in your politically correct curriculum.