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From: Hugh Lawson <hu.law...@gmail.com>
Subject: civil-war memory
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CSA reverencers are not important in civil-war memory issues. All the
great cultural institutions in the US are located in regions that take
an adversarial stance toward CSA reverencers.
The really important aspect of civil-war memory is the NORTHERN aspect,
or if you prefer, the pro-Union aspect. That was the victorious
side. All of the prestigious cultural institutions are located in
"pro-union" territory, and to some extent view CSA-reverencers as alien.
I myself am not a CSA reverencer. But I don't waste time studying
CSA-reverencers. Instead, I study Union-reverencers, the victors.
(Some time ago, in an argument with Ray O'Hara, who declared that
CSA-reverence had the upper hand in ACW studies, I asked some easy
questions. Is there any evidence of this? What about Lincoln studies?
Do they count for or against CSA reverence?)
Most of the marble-rebel monuments I have seen are labelled "Our
Confederate Dead" owtte. AFAIK most of the rebels killed in the war were
buried in anonymous mass graves. There was no US government program to
mark their graves. It isn't absolutely crazy that some memorial should
have been placed. They were killed. Somebody loved them. And their
graves were mostly unmarked. (AFAIK)
My opinion is that even these monuments should be located in cemeteries,
and other locations outside a sovereign context. But I probably would
not require the movement from the courthouse square of such a one, if it
were already there.
I doubt that anybody is in doubt who lost.