Browsing All posts tagged under »Confederate heritage«

“Do not expect to enter my house, if you disobey my orders.”

August 7, 2011 by

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It’s just one example of what likely occurred in many a Virginia household, in 1861, and even later. Yet, popular contemporary “memory” of Virginia, at war on the side of the Southern Confederacy, seems to have no, or very little “recollection” of such instances. The following comes to us via the August 7, 1861 issue […]

A Confederate heritage that I built…

April 16, 2011 by

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As shocking as it might seem to some who peruse this blog, and especially my Southern Unionist Chronicles blog (which desperately needs some new posts…), I grew up on Confederate heritage. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I was raised on that heritage, by my family. Sure, in passing conversation, I learned I had ancestors […]

Were Virginia’s Confederate Reserves a smokescreen of deception?

March 23, 2011 by

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I’m really jumping the gun here, because I should be holding this story in reserve (sure, why not… pun intended) until 2014… marking the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Virginia’s Confederate reserve units. Still, I brought it up the other day (in “WYSIWYG Confederates?”) , so I figured that I would pick-up from where […]

Southern by the grace of cornbread!

February 23, 2011 by

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Thinking about Craig’s post from the other day, I remembered something I’ve been meaning to post about cornbread… yes, cornbread. Now cornbread has become known as something distinctly “Southron”, but appears to  have origins with the Native People of what is now the southeastern U.S. (references vary, but among those suggested as originators are the […]

Southern Pluralism

February 21, 2011 by

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So can we just throw a blanket over the whole "southern experience" and call it a collective culture distinct from the rest of America?

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 […]

The heritage dilemma and the Civil War

February 8, 2011 by

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Just a quick thought, but… What is one’s personal Civil War heritage? I see it as that link to the past through ancestors. So, if heritage is a part of us… the blood of our ancestry running through us, I’m wondering… With each generation, there comes the possibility/probability that a new line of heritage is […]

Defining Southern Heritage in Civil War Remembrance

February 15, 2009 by

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If modern Confederate remembrance does not come close to accurately capturing the true definition of Southern heritage in the Civil War era, what does? I’ll be posting on this in the coming week. In the meantime, hat-tip to Kevin at Civil War Memory for making us aware of a YouTube clip, and a “well-done” to […]

Southern Perspective(s) of the Civil War

February 9, 2009 by

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I know, I’ve talked about this before, but clearly, the view of the Civil War in terms of “Southern perspective” suggests something… singular… even an implied “unity” as a people in support of “Cause.”  It is reflected in the way that some people represent “Southern perspective” as “Confederate perspective.” Plurality is missing, and therefore the singular representation misleads, […]

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 Memory is not limited to “Civil War Confederate Memory”

November 29, 2008 by

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Over the past nine months, I’ve spent some time focusing on problems with “memory” of the Civil War, but have limited it to problems with memory in those who look favorably on all things Confederate. I’ve focused on the new-era Confederate remembrance movement because, having once been a part of it, I am much more familiar […]

Some thoughts on Civil War art

November 12, 2008 by

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Noting three different posts (here, here and here) in three different blogs about this print by Mort Kunstler, I thought I’d chime in with some thoughts of my own. Are the criticisms really attacks on Southern heritage (also known by some of having some absolute prerequisite of being Confederate heritage) or is it just that some folks […]

Are you sure your Confederate ancestor even wanted to be a Confederate?

November 1, 2008 by

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On average, very few of us know what our ancestors actually thought regarding events within their own time. Regretfully, because of this some researchers begin to speculate because they want some sort of definitive explanation behind what they do find in their research. “Gray” or indefinite history is simply not acceptable to some, so there […]

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 […]

“Southern Heritage”

September 5, 2008 by

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Abstracted from a portion of my response to a comment…” Depending on how it is used, “Southern Heritage” does not necessarily mean “Confederate heritage.” To be Southerner does not mean that one had to be Confederate. For that matter, to have “Southern Heritage” does not mean that the ancestry alive at the time of the war, was “exclusively […]

Responsible Confederate flagging of graves

March 17, 2008 by

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This might seem petty to some, but this is just one of those items that gets under my skin. It’s just one of my those “stickler” issues that I have as an historian. Just about every morning, I drive by Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Virginia and I notice the seven star First National Confederate flag […]

More puzzlements over Civil War “memory”

March 8, 2008 by

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I’ve written about how I am puzzled over the way that those with no familial connections whatsoever have found “sympathetic connections” with one side or another in the Civil War. I’ve also written about how a person, descended from a Union soldier, had been left with a legacy of forgotten family participation in the war. However, today, I […]

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 […]