Since my heroes are Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and JEB Stuart, I am quite comfortable with Southerns. In fact, I prefer them.
Same heroes and same preferences. Though I doubt our Virginians of the nineteenth century talked like a Tennessee boy of the twentieth.
posted on 12/12/2007 4:36:29 AM PST
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Unfortunately, the Civil War occurred before Edison developed the phonograph in 1877. It was not until the 1890s that mass production began. By that time, Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Davis, Jackson, and Lee were all dead. I have heard a short recording attributed to the poet Walt Whitman, a native of Long Island, around 1890. His speech patterns were similar to those of the Archie Bunker character in the 1970s show, All in the Family. Probably an older person in an area near Arlington or Alexandria, Virginia, that has not become Yankeefied like the Northern Neck would come close to Robert E. Lee's speech patterns. Stonewall Jackson's old West Virginia hometowns are largely populated by descendants of the people who were there during his childhood. Replicating his speech patterns would not be hard.
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