An observation – Civil War in Virginia Month… chirp, chirp chirp…

Posted on April 2, 2011 by

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Today IS April 2, and that chirping would be the sound of crickets in the absence of a proclamation, as yet, by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Yet, despite the proposed redirection toward a “Civil War in Virginia Month” (formerly known as Confederate History Month/CHM), the CHM recognition continues by many who are inclined to continue in that sort of pursuit. Don’t get me wrong… sure, we need to recognize that one aspect of Virginia and Virginians in that war… to include all the darker ins and outs of what that meant, at the time, to every Virginia resident… including those who didn’t feel so inclined to support the Confederacy, but, I was really hoping to see McDonnell be a little more on the ball… after all, it is the Sesquicentennial.

This being said, the other day, I received an e-mail (as part of a larger mass e-mailing) from a SCV camp representative out of the Harrisonburg area, asking for support for its full-page ad that is to go in Harrisonburg’s Daily News Record. It started off with…

Fellow Southerners and Southerners at Heart…

Of course, I couldn’t resist. My response was…

So, what you’re really saying is “Fellow Confederates-at-heart”, because there were more than a fair share of Southerners who were quite “Southern at heart” during the Civil War, and yet weren’t Confederate… nor did many of these, and other “Southrons”, necessarily feel inclined to support the Confederacy.

Here’s to a month of recognizing diversity in sentiment among Southerners, in the Civil War era South.

Since others seem to want to continue down the “Southern = Confederate” road, rest assured… I feel even more encouraged to continue to show the other angles of what it meant to be a Civil War era Southerner, and a Virginian, here.

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