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Confederate headstones and the question of “willful” service

July 30, 2008 by

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Note: Feeling a need to clarify my thoughts on some matters, as of 29 August 2008, I added something to the points that I have made in this post. See another post for additional details. I’d be curious to see the V.A. headstone application stats. Specifically, I’d like to see how many Civil War headstones […]

Reluctant Confederates? So what?

July 28, 2008 by

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In the process of researching and writing my thesis, one of my friends couldn’t see the big deal about “reluctant Confederates.” He saw no difference between reluctance in WW2 soldiers and those from the South during the Civil War. His grandfather didn’t want to fight in WW2, but he was drafted, served, and came home. […]

Are the right motivations behind the search for Black Confederates?

July 25, 2008 by

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What follows is one of my comments to some of the other comments on Peter Carmichael’s post on Black Confederates… I’d like to add to/take another angle on Kevin’s comment about the SCV and what appears to be the SCV’s use/exploitation of black Confederates to promote the ideals of white Confederate ancestry. Honoring blacks who […]

The flip-side to the search for Black Confederates

July 23, 2008 by

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While the hoopla lingers around the stories about Weary Clyburn and discussion begins to grow around Peter Carmichael’s great article on Kevin Levin’s Civil War Memory Blog, I figured it a great opportunity to remember the other side of the search for Black Confederates. John M. “Jack” Dogans was the only free black in Page […]

An excellent post by Peter Carmichael on Black Confederates

July 23, 2008 by

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Available at Kevin Levin’s Civil War Memory blog .

If the shoe was on the other foot… Confederate troops in the North

July 18, 2008 by

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When I read about the “horrors of war” inflicted upon Southerners (most especially civilians) by Union troops, I wonder what stories would have come out of the war if the Confederate army spent more time on “Northern soil.” But then, why wonder when what little time they spent there was documented… with atrocities. Yes, I’m […]

The fate of Southern Unionists in the upcoming sesquicentennial

July 12, 2008 by

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I’ve been thinking about this and I’m concerned. As we rapidly approach the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, will remembrance events once again ignore Southern Unionists? Why should I worry? Well, for starters, I have heard that with the Virginia Sesquicentennial Committee there is a reluctance in addressing the issue of slavery and that […]