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  • An Analysis of President Lincoln's Legal Arguments Against Secession

    03/31/2014 10:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies
    Apollo3 ^ | April 9, 1994 | James Ostrowski
    INTRODUCTION On May 27, 1861, the army of the United States of America (the "Union")--a nation formed by consecutive secessions, first from Great Britain in 1776, and then from itself in 17881--invaded the State of Virginia,2 which had recently seceded from the Union, in an effort to negate that secession by violent force. The historical result of the effort begun that day is well known and indisputable: after four years of brutal warfare, which killed 620,000 Americans, the United States negated the secession of the Confederate States of America, and forcibly re-enrolled them into the Union. The Civil War ended...
  • Anti-Russians display controversial US Confederate flag in Kiev

    03/07/2014 12:30:30 AM PST · by Lattero · 18 replies
    PressTV ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Caleb Maupin
    This was the flag of slave holding states in the United States that seceded in 1861, causing Civil War. Today the symbol is used by the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi groups, and other organizations who are hostile to African-Americans. For the last several decades, protests have continued, demanding that this flag not be displayed in public places. Many people were greatly disturbed to see that the Confederate Flag is now being displayed, not in the United States, but in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Larry Holmes, a civil rights activist in New York City, explained why the flag is...
  • Painting Dixie Blue: Can Democrats retake the South? Yes, and here’s how.

    02/21/2014 6:17:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | February 20, 2014 | Scott Arceneaux, executive director, FL Dem. Party
    Often you need to hit bottom before you can start working your way back up. We Southern Democrats are basically at that point. With control of only two of 22 legislative bodies, three of 11 governors’ mansions and precious few other statewide offices, Southern Democrats are an endangered species indeed. In 1969, Republican strategist Kevin Phillips argued that the South was “shaping up as the pillar of a national conservative party.” He was half right: Although Democrats have made great strides elsewhere, between 1992 and 2012 Republicans won the governorships and legislatures of all but two Southern states. The last...
  • The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War

    01/20/2014 1:42:16 PM PST · by mhutcheson · 443 replies
    Snap Out of it, America! ^ | 1/20/14 | Michael Hutcheson
    President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes...
  • Is There Something Wrong With The Term: "War Between the States?"

    01/11/2014 11:16:07 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 332 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 01-06-2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    However if one truly wants to make such a big deal out of what we call the armed conflict which occurred in America from 1861 to 1865 , and if its historical accuracy and honesty that one truly seeks, then I think Douglas Southall Freeman is, perhaps, the truest to historical accuracy in coining the proper term . . .
  • Robert E. Lee: American Patriot and Southern Hero

    01/07/2014 6:48:32 AM PST · by BigReb555 · 159 replies
    Cumming Home ^ | January 7, 2014 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will again sponsor their annual Robert E. Lee Birthday Commemorative on Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Old Capitol Building, 201 E. Greene St., Milledgeville, Georgia.
  • Reflections On The Sesquicentennial

    11/16/2013 6:18:25 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 4 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Why is the national pride of that era gone? Could it possibly have anything to do with . . .
  • An Historic Event for my blog

    10/27/2013 1:36:35 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 46 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 27, 2013 | Dan Miller
    One of my posts on the Civil War just got its 40,000th "view." On December 27, 2011, I posted an article titled The U.S. Constitution and Civil War. It had 42 views that year, 18,728 in 2012 and has had 21,234 so far this year, for a total of 40,004. That amounts to just over thirty percent of the views at my little blog since it began. The progression, suggesting a current level of interest in the Civil War, strikes me as interesting and I thought that maybe others might be similarly interested.For anyone who may be interested, here is...
  • A Review of The Southern Cross - The Story of the Confederacy's First Battle Flag

    10/26/2013 7:01:38 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 140 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 October 2013 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Born as a symbol of rebellion, the Confederate battle flag retains much of that symbolism to this very day. What is even more intriguing is the fact that the very commissioning of the original Confederate battle flag was itself, an act of rebellion. This little-known part of the flag’s story is told in a fascinating new documentary written and produced by historian Kent Masterson Brown.
  • How A Slave Saved VMI's History From Marauding Yankees

    09/01/2013 7:51:05 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 8 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 08/31/2013 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    One of the more interesting stories I came across while researching and writing "Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War" was that of slave Robert Price. Price is little more than a forgotten footnote in the history of the Civil War and Hunter's raid on Lexington, but he provided a valuable service to the Virginia Military Institute and the family of Superintendent Francis Smith. As I tell the story in the book . . .
  • War Crimes Against Southern Civilians

    08/28/2013 8:03:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 235 replies
    http://www.amazon.com ^ | April 30, 2007 | Walter Cisco
    This is the untold story of the Union's "hard war" against the people of the Confederacy. Styled the "Black Flag" campaign, it was agreed to by Lincoln in a council with his generals in 1864. Cisco reveals the shelling and burning of cities, systematic destruction of entire districts, mass arrests, forced expulsions, wholesale plundering of personal property, and even murder of civilians. Carefully researched largely from primary sources, this examination also gives full attention to the suffering of Black victims of Federal brutality.
  • Jesse Jackson: ‘Tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy’

    08/27/2013 2:57:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 77 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/27/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson said in a Tuesday interview with a national news outlet that there’s no question about it — Republicans are constantly pushing the race button on all matters of policy and politics, and tea party activists are akin to redneck racist throwbacks from the Civil War era. “The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy,” he said, in an interview with Politico. “It’s the Fort Sumter tea party.” He added: The GOP is “absolutely” using race as a reason to oppose President Obama and White House police proposals.
  • Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

    07/27/2013 2:58:07 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 32 replies
    Canda Free Press ^ | July 27, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    During my childhood of the 50s, songs like “Swanee River”, “Mammy” and “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee”, all best sung by the late great Al Jolson, were very popular in the South and throughout the USA.
  • MSNBC Analyst: Rush Limbaugh ‘Represents The Confederacy’

    07/23/2013 8:18:43 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 215 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 7/22/2013 | Dimitrios Halikias
    Rush Limbaugh would have sided with the confederacy during the Civil War, according to MSNBC analyst Dorian Warren. Warren, a Columbia professor and fellow at the progressive Roosevelt Institute, explained that Limbaugh “represents the Confederacy. He would have been on that side that went to war around the question of slavery.”
  • (Civil War Forensics) Surgeon: Pneumonia Likely Killed 'Stonewall' Jackson

    05/10/2013 8:08:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Charleston Gazette ^ | May 10, 2013 | The Charleston Gazette
    Surgeon: Pneumonia likely killed 'Stonewall' Jackson Legendary Confederate general died 150 years ago Friday Historians and doctors have debated for decades what medical complications caused the death of legendary Confederate fighter Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, felled by friendly fire from his troops during the Civil War. Shot three times while returning from scouting enemy lines in the Virginia wilderness, Jackson was badly wounded in the left arm by one of the large bullets the night of May 2, 1863. Blood gushed from a severed artery. It took at least two hours to get him to a field hospital, and Jackson...
  • Stonewall Jackson Died 150 Years Ago Today

    05/10/2013 4:33:49 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 121 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 05/10/2013 | Richard Williams
    Stonewall Jackson was shot by one of his own men at about 9:00 p.m. on the evening of May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville. After Jackson’s accidental wounding, his body servant and friend, Jim Lewis was one of his constant companions and comforters as he faced his final enemy. By 2:00 a.m., May 3, Jackson was . . .
  • Accuse Others Of Politicizing History So You Can Politicize History

    05/06/2013 4:11:33 PM PDT · by Davy Buck · 3 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 05/06/2013 | Richard Williams
    He calls the new President of the NRA, Jim Porter, "bats**t crazy" due, ostensibly, to his referring to the War for Southern Independence (aka, the Civil War, aka the War Between the States) as "the War of Northern Aggression." Really? That term is used tongue-in-cheek at just about every non-academic WBTS event I attend - Civil War Roundtables, Reenactments, SCV meetings, etc, etc. Big deal.
  • What Happened To Former Virginia Senator James Webb?

    04/27/2013 7:04:16 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 27 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 04/27/2013 | Richard Williams
    Don't Webb's words pretty much sum up what the Obama administration and the progressive left is all about? Aren't these same views on Southern rednecks also . . .
  • Let's Save Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in Memphis

    04/03/2013 3:25:29 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 72 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 3, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Did you know that three Memphis, Tennessee parks named for our great Southern leaders Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest-Forrest Park, Confederate President Jefferson Davis-Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park were changed?
  • Ten Neo-Confederate Myths

    03/10/2013 8:19:44 AM PDT · by BroJoeK · 902 replies
    March 9, 2013 | vanity
    Ten Neo-Confederate Myths (+one) "Secession was not all about slavery." In fact, a study of the earliest secessionists documents shows, when they bother to give reasons at all, their only major concern was to protect the institution of slavery. For example, four seceding states issued "Declarations of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify Secession from the Federal Union". These documents use words like "slavery" and "institution" over 100 times, words like "tax" and "tariff" only once (re: a tax on slaves), "usurpation" once (re: slavery in territories), "oppression" once (re: potential future restrictions on slavery). So secession wasn't just...
  • Trace Adkins Supports Gettysburg Commemoration & Gets Unfairly Criticized - Again

    02/25/2013 3:25:36 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 7 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | Richard Williams
    What Adkins does correctly point out is that the ongoing interpretation of the 10th amendment, a.k.a. "states' rights" issue has not been resolved. The federal courts quite frequently decide cases surrounding 10th amendment issues and interpretations. For those of us who are familiar with this topic, including very recent history, Adkins could not be more correct . . .
  • Yes, Yankees Were "Far Too Ruthless"

    02/16/2013 9:48:32 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 68 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 2/16/2013 | Richard Williams
    One of the things that was apparent as I researched the book on Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War, was the mistreatment of Lexington's citizens (Union and Confederate) by Union general David Hunter's army. As my memory was refreshed, I also recalled how a number of Civil War bloggers have downplayed this aspect of the war, even questioning the veracity of some of the claims of Southern civilians; while others took a "so what?" attitude and, in some cases, actually became cheerleaders in justifying such treatment for the "slave-holding rebels." They often sound more like advocates of revenge than they...
  • 181st Birthday tribute to General Gordon

    02/06/2013 9:58:00 AM PST · by BigReb555 · 11 replies
    Cumming Home ^ | February 5, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    John B. Gordon believed in the South's Constitutional right to secession, but after the war, he worked to unite the nation and helped white and black Southerners the war made poor.
  • Getting Their Message Out

    10/05/2012 5:44:36 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 2 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 10/4/2012 | Richard Williams
    In recent years, we've seen an increase in the number of articles and blog posts comparing Confederate soldiers to Nazis. It is an intellectually dishonest comparison with ideological and political motivations. Those promoting such an interpretation should be pleased with this bit of news . . .
  • 142nd Anniversary of Gen. Lee’s death

    10/03/2012 2:20:10 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 33 replies
    Huntington News ^ | October 2, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    America mourned the death of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Wednesday, October 12, 1870 and Friday, October 12th marks the 142nd anniversary of his death.
  • Spielberg's Lincoln & Academia's Call To Worship

    09/20/2012 4:31:14 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 13 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 9/18/2012 | Richard Williams
    . . . the truth is, academia and the educational establishment believe they are allowed to have their heroes - whether it's expressed by teacher's unions celebrating with an image of Che Guevera emblazoned on a t-shirt while marching in protest with communists, or whether it's expressed with giddiness over a Hollywood Lincoln movie that's not even been released yet, that kind of "celebratory" history is just fine and dandy. Am I the only one who sees the double-standards? Perhaps these folks view themselves as so intellectually and morally superior to the rest of us that they view their "celebratory"...
  • Robert E. Lee's Secret Special Orders No 191 Found by Union Soldiers Changed Fate of Antietam

    09/16/2012 10:13:38 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 15 September 2012 | Beth Stebner and Associated Press
    <p>As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be commemorated, progenies of those who fought in the bitter battles between the North and South have converged to remember the sacrifices on both sides.</p> <p>But tucked inside an exhibit in Frederick, Maryland is a two-page document from Robert E. Lee – found wrapped around a case of cigars – that could have changed the course of the entire war, and led to victory for the Union.</p>
  • Gettysburg College, Bias In Academia & Scholarship

    09/07/2012 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Davy Buck · 23 replies
    http://oldvirginiablog.blogspot.com/ ^ | 09/07/2012 | Richard Williams
    Does anyone really believe it's a stretch to suggest that academic history bloggers are also "motivated by 'culture war' dynamics that tended to conflate religious and political conservatives in responding to adversaries?"
  • Confederate Flag Stripped from 'Dukes of Hazzard' Car

    08/30/2012 10:45:46 PM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 35 replies
    Next Movie ^ | 9-28-2012 | Elizabeth Durand
    It's time to wave bye-bye to the Confederate flag — from the "Dukes of Hazzard" car, at least. That's right, in a somewhat controversial decision, Warner Bros., the studio that owns the theatrical, DVD and licensing rights to the franchise, has decided to remove the flag from all future versions of General Lee. But how do Bo and Luke Duke feel about this move? There's no official statement from the fictional cousins just yet, though a spokesperson from the "Dukes of Hazzard" toy company confirmed, "Starting January 1, 2013, all 'Dukes of Hazzard' General Lee vehicles will not be allowed...
  • What Did the Rebel Yell Sound Like?

    08/09/2012 6:13:36 PM PDT · by One Name · 131 replies
    Smithsoniam.com ^ | film footage from 1935-8? | Unknown (Library of Congress Archives)
    Video from the Smithsonian of what must be octogenarian Confederate veterans calling up the past.
  • Confederate Veterans & Their Descendants - Defenders And Builders Of These United States

    07/28/2012 7:52:18 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 12 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 21 July 2012 | Richard Williams
    These contradictions explain, in part, what at first glance appears to be irreconcilable ideals: the South's fierce opposition to Federal dominance and over-reaching authority, as well as it's undying patriotism - both of which continue to this day . . .
  • Tenn. Democrat beats lawyer who linked him to KKK

    08/07/2008 9:06:08 PM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 20 replies · 495+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-7-2008 | WOODY BAIRD ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A racially charged Democratic primary campaign ended Thursday with an incumbent congressman trouncing the opponent who ran an ad linking him to the Ku Klux Klan. Early, unofficial results showed Democrat Steve Cohen with 79 percent of the vote to 19 percent for Nikki Tinker, a black corporate lawyer who was his chief opponent in the district that covers Memphis.
  • Incredible 3D Stereoscopic Civil War Photos

    07/07/2012 1:11:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Wild Ammo ^ | Eric S
    Incredible 3D Stereoscopic Civil War Photos Stereoscopic images basically involve taking 2 or more static images, from slightly different angles, to create a 3D effect that tricks the eye into noticing the depth of field, angles and perspective of the image. Thus, it’s possible to take a flat image and create 3D depth to it. When applied to older photographs, it’s an amazing technique, because it brings life to history. Take for example, these Civil War photographs that use a stereoscopic effect!
  • Teen banned from prom over controversial dress (Confederate Flag theme)

    04/25/2012 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 32 replies
    WAFB News / Various ^ | April 24, 2012 | Janice Broach
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – A Mid-South teen is banned from prom for wearing a dress that resembles a confederate battle flag. "It wasn't done to offend anybody," Texanna Edwards explained of her dress. "It was done just for the sole fact that I just wanted a rebel flag dress because I thought it was cool." But the principal at Gibson High in West Tennessee did not think it was cool.  Edwards, a senior at the school, tried to wear the dress that she helped design to the prom Saturday night.  She also wore a rebel flag necklace. "He told...
  • U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

    04/03/2012 11:07:36 PM PDT · by U-238 · 125 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | Science Daily
    The Civil War -- already considered the deadliest conflict in American history -- in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a...
  • Why Confederates are taken for granted! (Like conservatives today?)

    03/21/2012 7:21:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 202 replies · 25+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | March 16, 2012 | Mark Vogl
    The Confederates of the Southern movement are like the conservatives of the Republican Party, the leaders believe they have no choice! The parallels occurring in America between the 2012 election year, what is occurring in America as a nation and in the South, and the events of 150 years ago are startling. While most Americans have some knowledge of the GOP Primary, few have any idea of the Sesquicentennial (the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War) and the events occurring in the Southern movement. And yet, what is occurring is like mirror reflections of one another. Let's start with what...
  • Complete Civil War submarine unveiled for first time

    01/13/2012 9:21:52 AM PST · by shove_it · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | 13 Jan 2012 | Harriet McLeod
    NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Confederate Civil War vessel H.L. Hunley, the world's first successful combat submarine when it sank a Union ship in 1864, was unveiled in full and unobstructed for the first time on Thursday, capping a decade of careful preservation. "No one alive has ever seen the Hunley complete. We're going to see it today," said engineer John King as a crane at a Charleston conservation laboratory slowly lifted a massive steel truss covering the top of the submarine. About 20 engineers and scientists applauded as they caught the first glimpse of the intact 42-foot-long...
  • Black College Student Wins Fight to Display Confederate Flag in Dorm Room

    12/02/2011 2:33:09 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 54 replies
    THEBLAZE ^ | Posted on December 2, 2011 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A black college student has won the fight to keep a Confederate flag in his dorm room after school officials initially told him to take it down. “It’s not racist for me,” Thomas, a Georgia native, said in the video. “All it is is a symbol that I see as a sign of respect, and people don’t want to see it that way.”
  • The Civil War Is Over: Let The Battle Flag Be

    11/24/2011 7:25:50 AM PST · by octavius21 · 118 replies · 4+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2011 | Steven Simpson
    Over the past several months, the NAACP has launched a campaign against the Confederate Battle Flag by protesting its presence at the South Carolina statehouse. Governor Nikki Haley did not respond to the demands of the NAACP to remove it. In a similar matter, black protesters have called for the removal of the Battle Flag from a Georgian cemetery that happens to have interred the bones of Confederate soldiers. And now, most recently, Republican presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry of Texas has become the newest target of the NAACP over whether the Battle Flag should appear on license plates. In...
  • Perry says he opposes Confederate license plate

    10/26/2011 10:59:19 AM PDT · by trumandogz · 91 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 10.26.11 | Jason Embry |
    Gov. Rick Perry told a Florida television station today that he opposes the creation of a Confederate license plate in Texas.
  • Photo of Robert E. Lee fetches $23K for charity

    09/08/2011 12:43:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    A Goodwill worker who spotted a photograph of Confederate General Robert E. Lee has helped the charity make $23,000 in an online auction. The tintype photograph was in a bin, about to be shipped out, when a worker grabbed it and sent it to the charity's local online department. The item was then put up for auction, which closed Wednesday night.
  • South Carolina Governor Resists Push by NAACP to Remove Confederate Flag

    07/29/2011 1:20:16 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 23 replies
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley isn't retreating from her decision to keep the Confederate flag atop the north end of the Statehouse in Columbia despite complaints from the NAACP, whose president this week said the ethnic minority governor is a "contradiction" for allowing the flag to fly. Speaking to a crowd at an NAACP national conference in Los Angeles on Monday, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous attempted to shame Haley into removing the flag by comparing African American slavery to oppression Haley's ancestors in India faced under British rule. "Perhaps one of the most perplexing examples of the contradictions of this...
  • Rick Perry's Confederate past [Salon "exclusive" that gets it wrong]

    07/16/2011 2:50:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 164 replies
    Salon ^ | July 13, 2011 | Justin Elliott
    Salon Exclusive: The Texas governor's uncomfortably close ties to groups that glorify the Lost Cause [UPDATED BELOW] Rick Perry made national headlines in 2009 when, during a speech to a Tea Party group, he floated the possibility that Texas could secede from the union. But the governor's substantive ties to the neo-Confederate movement may be deeper than previously known. A 1998 voting guide published by a leading neo-Confederate group and obtained by Salon not only endorses Perry for lieutenant governor but also describes him as "a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans." Perry's office did not respond to a...
  • Historical marker can 'make a difference' (Civil War)

    07/15/2011 9:27:19 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 37 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | 07/15/2011 | Charles Oliver
    On Jan. 2, 1864, Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne presented his fellow Southerners with a question about the war they were fighting. “Was the war about independence? Or was the war being fought primarily to preserve slavery?” said former Georgia labor commissioner Michael Thurmond.
  • Confederates on the Rhine

    06/05/2011 7:35:01 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 2, 2011 | Yoni Appelbaum
    Confederates on the Rhine By Yoni Appelbaum Jun 2 2011, 10:05 AM ET 110 Why are so many Germans participating in Civil War reenactments—and siding with the South? "On a warm spring morning about 50 miles north of Berlin, Union troops and their Confederate rivals prepare for battle." That's the attention-grabbing lede of a PRI story on the bizarre phenomenon of Germans reenacting the American Civil War. The reporter explains that many participants feel "a personal connection to the war," and that everyone with whom she spoke took care to note that 200,000 Germans had taken part in the fight:...
  • War Between the States about slavery? No way

    04/25/2011 9:31:58 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 962 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | April 25, 2011 | Al Mccray
    I am responding to a column by Leonard Pitts Jr., a noted black columnist for The Miami Herald, entitled, "The Civil War was about slavery, nothing more" (Other Views, April 15). I found this article to be very misleading and grossly riddled with distortions of the real causes of the War Between the States. I find it so amusing that such an educated person would not know the facts. I am a proud native of South Carolina. I have spent my entire life in what was once the Confederate States of America. I am currently associated with Southern Heritage causes,...
  • Is This An Appropriate Way To Honor A Veteran?

    04/25/2011 7:38:46 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 1 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 04/25/2011 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    "This is total, total discrimination," said F. Lee Hart III of Suffolk, chairman of the SCV Oakwood Restoration Committee. "I don't think they want to see an Arlington of Richmond, with all of the positive media and tourism that this cemetery will draw, this being the largest combat casualty Confederate cemetery." Virginia Senator James Webb to the rescue. As the Richmond Times Dispatch piece notes, James Webb recently reminded the V.A. that "Confederate and Union soldiers have the same legal status."
  • Col. Robert E. Lee joins the CSA 150 years ago today

    04/20/2011 4:48:12 PM PDT · by central_va · 87 replies
    Today in U.S. Civil War History ^ | 1/3/2011 | on this day
    1861 - Colonel Robert E. Lee resigned from the U.S. Army. Two days earlier he had been offered command of the Union army.
  • Have We Reconciled

    04/16/2011 6:27:28 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 152 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | April 13, 2011 | Richard Williams
    This is a perplexing question, as it relates to the WBTS. In some ways, yes. In others, no. I, like many of you, recently (and for the 3rd or 4th time), watched Ken Burns' PBS documentary, The Civil War. Even though I have several criticisms of the Burns' film, I still find it a fascinating piece of work and very educational. I've always thoroughly enjoyed watching the film, despite its shortcomings. One of the more moving parts of this film comes near the end, as shown below. Pay close attention at about 30 seconds in and listen as historian David...
  • War inaugurated!

    04/12/2011 8:17:55 PM PDT · by triumphant values · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 12, 1861 | Chicago Tribune Editorial
    By the act of a handful of ingrates and traitors, war is inaugurated in this heretofore happy and peaceful Republic! While we write, the bombardment of Sumter is going on; and the blood of the few gallant defenders of the glorious old flag which yet, we hope, floats over that fortress is being poured out for their fidelity to the Constitution as it is, and the Union as our fathers made it! The people know the cause of the fratricidal strife. The party, which, in the interests of a barbarous institution, has governed the country for the last 40 years,...