"The Confederate Legend"
Maybe it’s because today is "April 9th," something which had crossed my mind but also something I was reminded of today by a friend’s email. For some reason today I’m remembering back to the time of the "Civil War Centennial," when I and my interest in the history of this period of history were both very young. I remember a time when even people who saw this period of history through the "blue" lens did not disparage us and therefore we, who saw it through the "gray" lens, saw no need to disparage them. Oh boy, how times have changed!
Here’s a quote from a union oriented historian from that time about "the Confederate fighting man". As I said, times have changed. For my money, I’d like to take this quote and ram it up the you-know-what of all those pseudo-historians who today say the "Lost Cause" is a "Myth" or that it’s a lie or at best, some kind of bad joke.
Sometimes I wonder, (as per Catton’s quote), if the American people truly do care about remembering their past anymore?
“There is no legend quite like that of the Confederate fighting man. He reached the end of his haunted road long ago. He fought for a star-crossed cause and in the end he was beaten, but as he carried his slashed red battle flag into the dusty twilight of the Lost Cause, he walked straight into a legend that will last as long as the American people care to remember anything about the American past.”