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Who fired the first shot?

In answer to a captured Yankee Colonel’s question, “Who fired the first shot?” An unidentified Confederate private responds in May 1862 after Jackson’s liberation of Winchester VA.: 

“John Brown at Harper’s Ferry, sir, he fired the first gun and Mr. Lincoln, in attempting to reinforce Sumter, fired the second gun. And the Confederates have acted on the defensive all of the time. We did not invade your country, but you invaded ours, you go home and attend to your own business and leave us to ours and the war will close at once.”

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Why do people still fly the Confederate flag?

By Tom Geoghegan, BBC News, Washington 

A row has erupted in Virginia over a proposal to fly a huge Confederate flag outside the state capital, Richmond. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the flag can still be seen flying from homes and cars in the South. Why?

For millions of young Britons growing up in the early 1980s, one particular image of the Confederate flag was beamed into living rooms across the UK every Saturday evening.

The flag emblazoned the roof of the General Lee, becoming a blur of white stars on a blue cross when at breathtaking speed, the Dodge Charger took the two heroes, Bo and Luke Duke, out of the clutches of the hapless police in The Dukes of Hazzard.

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Confederate ancestors defended homeland

Published: April 28, 2012

More than one million Southern men served in the Confederate military from 1861 to 1865. Nearly 300,000 died during the war. Florida, which sent more of her sons per capita into the Confederate army and navy than any other state, remembers its heroes each April 26. By Florida state law this date is the legal holiday of Confederate Memorial Day.

The focus of Confederate Memorial Day should be entirely upon those Confederate soldiers and sailors who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

For a moment, consider who the average Confederate was. He was a poor agrarian — a farmer, a miller or a logger. He likely had never been outside of his home county. He was either a teenager or a young man in his early 20s. He was a Christian and part of a large family. He had no military training. And he was not a slave owner.

These otherwise peaceable men went to war, almost all of them voluntarily, because in their heart of hearts their sense of duty demanded it. In their very real world of 1861, loyalty was first and foremost to one's kin and native state. The Southern man reacted to Lincoln's invasion of his sovereign homeland. It was that simple.

Confederate soldiers are recognized by the United States government as full-fledged military combatants with legal standing. Congress has made it so. Laws have been enacted requiring Confederate soldiers to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery and that provide for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to furnish military-style headstones for unmarked Confederate graves.

A conservative estimate is that more than 80 million present-day Americans are direct descendents of a Confederate soldier or sailor. Our Confederate heritage is a fact. We can disavow it, we can ignore it, or, as Confederate Memorial Day compels, we can proudly embrace it.



The writer is the commander of Jubal A. Early Camp 556 Sons of Confederate Veterans in Tampa

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The Civil War in Kentucky

By Duane Bolin • Ledger Columnist 

For the next four years, we citizens in the United States will remember in various ways and in numerous venues the American Civil War.

The war raged from 1861 to 1865, so 2011 to 2015 represents the conflict’s sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary.

This will be in no way a celebration, of course, but it will be a remembrance.  As Shelby Foote, the late, great Civil War historian and novelist, put it in an interview during Ken Burns’ poignant Civil War documentary, “The Civil War was the crossroads in our nation’s being. . . .  And it was a helluva crossroads.”

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Vandals Represent P.C. Double Standard


The following story was submitted by a user of semissourian.com. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
User-submitted story by Clint E. Lacy

 The Tuesady, October 11, 2011 Southeast Missourian at the following URL


carried a story about Cape Girardeau's Confederate monument being vandalized. In it Scott House stated, "The war has been over for almost 150 years. People should get over their hate issues on whatever side they have. It's hard to tell why somebody would do something like that."

Mr. House and I happen to be in disagreement on many issues concerning the Civil War, this might just be the one thing he and I agree on.

The article also quoted Cape Girardeau County public works director Don McQuay who stated, "I don't understand why somebody would want to tear up public property. It's their property. They're destroying their own property."

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Thoughts on the Civil War's 150th anniversary


Updated: 09/30/2011 
One hundred and fifty years ago our nation plunged into a struggle that exacerbated fissures in our union which plague us still today. Growing up, we tended to reduce the cause of the war to slavery. This was certainly one of the last open chapters from our nation's birth, but this was not the only one.

It seems that I do not hear many people talking about this anniversary much, and I wonder why. I suspect that it has something to do with the unresolved issues and lingering disparities in socioeconomic status among various minority groups. More importantly, I think that one of the reasons is an underlying discomfort with discussing our differences in an open and honest manner.

Think about it. Some Northerners argue that what the South fought for was indefensible -- that if they had won, this nation and its original intent would have been abandoned. By contrast, many who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line revel in the concept of Southern pride. Was it slavery or states' rights that pushed us over the edge?

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