Harry S. Truman

2nd Confederate President

All history books readily and freely educate of the great President Harry S. Truman and his legacy left to the world. How he saved the world from the destruction of World War 2 as well as the heroic, monumental decisions he made to end that long war.

What isn't spoken of is that President Harry S. Truman was a card carrying member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans ! Yes, you read it correctly.

Not only was Harry S. Truman the thirty-third President of the United States (1945-1953) as well as the thirty-fourth vice president - Harry S. Truman he was a direct descendent of Confederate soldiers and was a staunch & loyal supporter of the history and glory of the Missouri Partisan Ranger movement in Missouri against illegal and cruel occupation by Federal forces during the War of Northern Aggression.

Most know the back story of President Truman from childhood and history books. To wit - Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri, the oldest child of John Anderson Truman (1851-1914) and Martha Ellen Young Truman (1852-1947). His parents chose the name Harry after his mother's brother, Harrison Young (1846-1916), Harry's uncle. His parents chose "S" as his middle name, in attempt to please both of Harry's grandfathers, Anderson Shippe Truman and Solomon Young; the initial did not actually stand for anything, as was a common practice among Celtic / Scots-Irish.

During World War I Truman served as an artillery officer. After the war he became part of the political machine of Tom Pendergast and was elected a county commissioner in Missouri and eventually a United States Senator.

John Truman was a farmer and livestock dealer. The family lived in Lamar until Harry was ten months old. They then moved to a farm near Harrisonville, then to Belton, and in 1887 to his grandparents' 600 acre farm in Grandview. When Truman was six, his parents moved the family to Independence, so he could attend the Presbyterian Church Sunday School.

As a young boy, Truman had great interests in reading and most importantly in history. Both highly encouraged by his mother. He was very close to his mother for as long as she lived, and as president solicited political as well as personal advice from her. Truman also read a great deal of popular "spun" history.

What is not readily known nor is this taught to our children, is that Harry S. Truman was a Confederate son - through and through ! ! Truman and his family's unwavering support of the South and the Confederate States Of America was immense, steadfast and allegiant.

Yes, Harry S. Truman had at least 2 ancestors, who were Confederate soldiers. First, William Young, son of Solomon and Hariette Louise (Gregg) Young, served under Upton Hayes. Solomon & Hariette were the grandparents of Harry S. Truman. Redlegs stole the family silverware, killed over 100 hogs, and burned his barns and haystacks. This occurred after Hariette had fed the men. Young rode with Hayes, Virgil Miller, Cole Younger, Dick Yeager & Boon Muir in August of 1862. Sources: Joanne Eakin & Donald Hale, "Branded as Rebels" page 484; John N. Edwards, "Noted Guerrillas" page 94.

The other man was James J. "Jim Crow" Chiles. Actually, he was an in-law, his wife was a daughter of Solomon Young. Source: Joanne C. Eakin & Donald Hale, "Branded As Rebels" page 71.

Also highly probable, is that since Truman's grandmother Hariette was a Gregg, she may have been related to William Gregg, who rode with captain William Quantrill.

Of additional resource is an excellent article in the July 2007 edition (Volume 10, Number 2) of "North & South" magazine titled, "Border State Son: Harry S. Truman and the War Between the States" by David D. Schafer. The author is a former staffer at the Harry S. Truman NHS in Independence, Missouri, and former member of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City. The article is about how the War of Northern Aggression highly influenced Truman's life.

President Harry Truman's grandmother Hariette (Gregg) Young was put in a "prison camp" due to Ewing's General Order #11. Harry's mother was Martha Ellen Young. She, from childhood, remembered her home being burned, following Order #11. In 1861, when Kansas "Redlegs" made their first raid on the Truman's family's property, the Youngs were living southeast of Kansas City near Hickman Mills.

At this time, the Redlegs tried to make Harrison Young, Harry's uncle, an informant and reveal information on Missourian's loyal to the South. Harrison refused and was repeatedly "mock hanged" and his neck stretched to torture and make him talk. Harrison Young never broke to this torture !

During Harry's WW1 service, Harry never wore his "Dress Blues" when visiting home, as Momma "...didn't like the damned Yankees..." As well - because of the burning of the family's farm and destruction by yankee predators, when Truman's mom Martha Ellen, came to visit him at the While House, she refused to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom !

In closing, the true & complete history of out beloved Harry S. Truman, our thirty-third President of the United States was of a true Confederate son, proud of his family and very adamant of the preservation and memory of the atrocities committed against Missouri by Lincoln and the savage Kansas scurf that pushed this nation into war.

Something the spin doctors and revisionists will never allow to come to light. For how could one of the greatest president ever have been of Confederate extraction and loyal to the South ! That can't come to light... Especially that before during and after his term as President Of The United States, that Harry S. Truman was a proud, bona-fide, card carrying loyal member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans ! Plain &simple.

So proud was President Truman, that he actually attended some of the Quantrell Reunions of survivors of Captain Quantrill's command and other Missouri Partisan ranger heroes..

We leave you with 2 quotes directly from Harry S. Truman that puts all into perspective. The truth can not be denied. As follows...

"But Quantrill and his men were no more bandits than the men on the other side. I've been to reunions of Quantrill's men two or three times. All they were trying to do was protect the property on the Missouri side of the line..."

~ President Harry S. Truman

"...They tried to make my uncle Harrison into an informer, but he wouldn't do it. He was only a boy... They tried to hang him, time and again they tried it, 'stretching his neck', they called it, but he didn't say anything. I think he'd have died before he'd said anything. He's the one I'm named after, and I'm happy to say that there were people...around at the time who said I took after him."

~ Truman speaking about what the Kansas "Red Legs" did to his 13 year old uncle, during the War Of Northern Agression.

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