Last summer, waiting to visit the submarine Growler at the Intrepid museum on the Hudson River, I watched a video on the development of the submarine. Included was discussion of Confederate submarines during the Civil War with a reference to one of the developers as a "patriot." I thought that odd: where else would someone in open … Continue reading Just Who Won the Civil War, Anyhow?
When it comes to being a 'son of the Confederacy,' my credentials are hard to beat. Three of my great-great-grandfathers fought for the South, one of them taken prisoner during the breakout at Petersburg, VA on April 2, 1865. He spent the remaining months of the war in a POW camp in Maryland. His brother-in-law … Continue reading Nostalgia, Or Wishful Thinking
To many of my age, particularly those of us who moved across the Mason-Dixon line, living in both the American north and south during the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil War was a living issue--and not only because of the centennial. For me, not only had one of my great-grandfathers (on my father's side) fought … Continue reading The Civil War in Appalachia
It’s Memorial Day tomorrow, and I want to stop for a moment and remember. We are all the children of survivors of some sort… and we often remember them. But the ones who died? The ones who never returned to have children or the lives they must have longed for? They are the ones Memorial … Continue reading Memorial Day, Confederate Ancestors, and Shot Doors