Browsing All posts tagged under »Confederate ancestors«

Too focused on leaders and Confederate “cause”?

February 16, 2011 by

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There’s been some talk lately, on the blogosphere and elsewhere, about the possibility that the S.C.V. will get a Nathan Bedford Forrest license plate in Mississippi. Brooks Simpson blogged about it today, and Eric Wittenberg blogged about it on the 10th.  While both of them explain why Forrest should not be on a plate (and […]

It’s 1860. Who do you vote for?

November 2, 2010 by

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Not the exact date, but today is election day… and on election day 150 years ago, in 1860, a good deal was at stake. So, who do you vote for? Strike that… who would get your ancestors’ votes? Lincoln, Douglas, Breckinridge, or Bell… and why? Without looking, do you know their platforms? After all, a […]

A matter of treason: is it really so hard to accept?

May 7, 2010 by

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Kevin’s post earlier this week left me thinking about several things. I think it is an excellent piece about separating our sentiments today, from the sentiments of people from the past… and the complications that historians may find in being objective. I’d like to expand on this more later, in another post, but, for now, […]

“Good Confederates” by default

April 7, 2010 by

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In the wake of posting about the annual proclamation for Confederate History Month in Virginia yesterday, I have some additional thoughts. First, were Virginians in the Civil War era, by default, Confederates? Absolutely not. Were those who lived throughout the South at the time of the war, by default, Confederates? No. So, why do people […]

“Knowing” what our Civil War ancestors fought for, and the ways that “knowledge” is expressed

June 13, 2009 by

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It’s rare, but certainly not impossible… there are times when the sentiments of a Civil War ancestor are clearly expressed in letters, diaries, and other wartime documents. For the most part, however, I’d argue that we rarely know the reasons for which our Confederate ancestors were serving. That’s why I find it rather bold of someone when they […]

Southerners “honoring” Southern heritage

February 20, 2009 by

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I just added a link to Greg Rowe’s blog because… he gets it. Through his words I can see that he is one of a growing number of Southerners who, after a long journey, is like me and is still learning to appreciate ALL facets of Civil War-era “Southern heritage” and is not caught up in “selective […]

Some thoughts on Lee-Jackson Day

January 17, 2009 by

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It is fine to both privately and, to a degree, publicly reflect upon the lives of historical persons. It fulfills various needs of the living. Look at a historical person (or persons) and consider the part of the historical person’s character, actions, etc., and consider how one may take meaning from these reflections. For some, […]

Civil War “forgetfulness?” Ummm, sure… so “where did the love go?”

December 1, 2008 by

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Noting a remark in a post made on Richard William’s blog that demonstrates Richard’s belief that saying “Civil War ‘forgetfulness’” is more appropriate than saying “Civil War ‘memory’” (I would argue that both “forgetfulness” and “memory” have valid places in understanding the way people reflect on the war, but that will come in another post), something came to mind. […]

What is the South and who is really attacking it?

October 31, 2008 by

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When considering the study of Civil War memory, I read regularly, and with great interest, the stories about Southern culture being under attack. What’s even more interesting is when Southern culture is defined by certain people through Confederate symbology (e.g., the Confederate flag, monuments, heroes, etc.). Is it, therefore, to be assumed that Confederate symbology […]

Reflecting on my own “memory” of the Civil War

March 1, 2008 by

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There are some wonderful blogs out there that reflect on contemporary issues of Civil War memory and there are even rants of disgust over the way that Civil War memory has been distorted. While I tinker around a bit with my own thoughts on Civil War memory, I think it would be a great idea […]

The need to lay aside animosities for dead men – a clarification

February 27, 2008 by

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Kevin made a good point yesterday and I should have been more clear. When I see the word “traitor,” my problem is with the way that it is used within a body of work – the context in which it is used. If it is a part of discussing things within historical context, then I […]

The he-man Lincoln-haters club

February 21, 2008 by

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About a week ago, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Lincoln Birthday event (sponsored by the Lincoln Society of Virginia) held at the Lincoln family cemetery near Broadway in Rockingham County, Virginia (the Lincoln family resided in this county since the 1760s, and Thomas Herring Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln’s father, was born here in […]