Skip to comments.Old times not forgotten: Civil War at 150
Posted on 04/02/2011 7:53:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono
A hush fell over the crowd filling the elegant hall in downtown Richmond, Va. The vote was about to be announced, and a young staffer of the Museum of the Confederacy balanced his laptop across his knees, poised to get out the news as soon as it was official.
Who would be chosen "Person of the Year, 1861"?
Five historians had made impassioned nominations, and the audience would now decide.
Most anywhere else, the choice would be obvious. Who but Abraham Lincoln? But this was a vote in the capital of the rebellion that Lincoln put down, sponsored by a museum dedicated to his adversary. How would Lincoln and his war be remembered in this place, in our time?
A century and a half have passed since Lincoln's crusade to reunify the United States. The North and the South still split deeply on many issues, not least the conflict they still call by different names. All across the bloodstained arc where the Civil War raged, and beyond, Americans are deciding how to remember....
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This month’s Smithsonian Magazine has an excellent cover article about the attack on Fort Sumpter that set off the Civil War. Great read...
Quotes of Jefferson Davis
“The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic. The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs. It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered. To term this action of a Sovereign a ‘rebellion’ is a gross abuse of language.”
“Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctified by its justice, and sustained by a virtuous people .”
“Secession belongs to a different class of remedies. It is to be justified upon the basis that the States are Sovereign. There was a time when none denied it. I hope the time may come again, when a better comprehension of the theory of our Government, and the inalienable rights of the people of the States, will prevent any one from denying that each State is a Sovereign, and thus may reclaim the grants which it has made to any agent whomsoever.”
“The contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena.” Jefferson Davis, address to the Mississippi legislature - 16 years after the wars end.
“The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.”
In before the Southern hating Anti-Free Republic Federal Bootlicks.
"And he showed them no mercy by sending his well-armed troops to crush them. He refused to listen to the pleas of foreign leaders who begged him to stop the relentless attacks against his people. And still, he kept killing these people. His own people.
"I'm talking about Abraham Lincoln, of course."
I sometimes wish Lee had done to Pennsylvania what those monsters did to the South but then I remember why we were the good guys.
Dang it I have a site book marked somewhere that had some War of Northern Aggression pictures I had never seen before I will try to find it and post it to you.
Notwithstanding the fact they went to Gettysburg to "liberate" the shoes.
-- triumphant values
Union Cavalry was he butt of jokes throughout most of the war, mostly inept. The old saying was if you could take the Confederate Infantry and Cavalry and combine it with the Union Artillery, you would have an unbeatable Army.
Today, Lincoln’s actions would cause the UN to intervene.
I didn’t notice the anniversary date... April 12-13, 1861
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