If the chief historian at the United States Military Academy, Col. Ty Seidule, says so, will disbelieving Southrons change their view? Doubtful. Still. He boils down what is a really simple answer to a simple question in this pretty good, 5:50 video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcy7qV-BGF4?
The last first shot of the US Civil War occurred 150 years ago today (“last first shot” indicating that in the preceding months and years there were other incidents of violence or near-violence leading up to this seminal moment). That there is STILL widespread belief that the primary cause of the Civil War was anything … Continue reading Sumter Shots Separate Sensibilities
150 years ago today, South Carolina seceded from the United States of America. Over the next few months, 6 additional southern states joined it prior to the firing on Fort Sumter (4 more states seceded after that). The Civil War was on. Over 600,000 Americans would be dead by April 1865. Today we hear a … Continue reading Thanks, South Carolina, for Clarifying That
November 30, 2010 - Did you know that the U.S. Civil War (1861-65) was fought over the question of the correct color of cheese? Seems that Northerners wanted to dye their cheddar with annatto, while Southerners preferred their traditional white fromage. Despite multiple compromises being worked out over the decades leading up to 1860, the … Continue reading Civil War about the Color of Cheese
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation: “… on the first day of January … all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” While … Continue reading Celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation