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Commending the Abraham Lincoln Brigade? NEVER! They were recruited by Communists!

Most of these commendatory resolutions are harmless: Honor a local hero or champion or similar matter. But I was looking for something else and I found this little gem, introduced by Delegate Lee J. Carter of Manassas (D):

HR 456 Commending the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.


Doesn’t the delegate know better? Here is part of the language in the resolution:

WHEREAS, the Second Spanish Republic was the legitimate, elected government of Spain in 1936; and

WHEREAS, on July 17, 1936, a coup was undertaken by forces loyal to General Francisco Franco, leading to three years of bloody civil war; and

WHEREAS, Franco’s forces were supported by Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler; and

WHEREAS, at the end of that civil war, Franco’s forces implemented a fascist dictatorship in Spain; and

WHEREAS, volunteers from many nations traveled to Spain to combat Franco’s forces and defend the civil and human rights of the Spanish people against the existential threat of the evils of fascism throughout that civil war; and

WHEREAS, those volunteers organized a militia known as the International Brigades, which included a unit of American volunteers known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; and

WHEREAS, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade was the first known military unit composed primarily of American citizens to be fully racially integrated; and….

I hope the Virginia General Assembly does not agree with this resolution. If so, they will be commending the recruiting efforts of Communists. Don’t take my word for it; take the word of both the New Yorker magazine and the association that collects the archives for the Brigade (ALBA):

The Americans had been brought to Spain by Comintern, the worldwide Communist organization, but, to disguise their allegiance, the troops had been given an irreproachably non-Communist name: the Abraham Lincoln battalion.

New Yorker magazine

What was the role of the Communist International in the recruitment of volunteers?
The International Brigades were recruited and organized by the Communist International (the Comintern), which was quick to respond to the influx of foreign volunteers for the Republic. For Stalin, who was concerned at the extent of German and Italian help for the rebels and its potential to weaken France strategically, the International Brigades offered an opportunity to support the Spanish Republican Army without intervening directly, and thus reducing the risk of further alienating Britain and France who had established an international non-intervention agreement to limit foreign involvement in the war.

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives

The recruitment of the International Brigades was coordinated by the Communist Party in Paris. The usual route for volunteers was to be smuggled in groups over the Pyrenees. From the border they would be taken to the International Brigade headquarters at Albacete, where volunteers would be processed and divided up by nationality, into the different battalions comprising the Spanish Republican Army’s International Brigades.


I would not, if I were a delegate, have even allowed unanimous consent. I hope the GOP leaders will allow a short debate on this resolution and then vote it down. NEVER should commies be commended by the people’s representatives here in Virginia.

If you feel strongly about it: Email your delegate and senator and let him or her know: Vote against HR 456.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “Commending the Abraham Lincoln Brigade? NEVER! They were recruited by Communists!”


  1. […] wrote earlier today about the effort to honor the Communist recruited and inspired Abraham Lincoln Brigade and […]

  2. […] Nobody cares if candidate after candidate lies blatantly. Del. Lee Carter was reelected so he can honor commies again this next session. Will probably pass. And some of the GOP ads were not much better. No […]

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