I haven’t linked to my Old Virginia Blog buddy in quite some time, but in recent weeks my site has received a great deal of attention from his little corner of the Shenandoah Valley. With that in mind I thought I would quickly return the favor by pointing out that Richard William completely missed the mark in reference to my recent post on Lee-Jackson Day:
Kevin Levin, who has expressed the view he saw no reason to celebrate Lee-Jackson Day, posed the question noted above. Kevin and many of his followers would like to see the tradition of honoring Lee and Jackson in Virginia (and other places in the South) thrown on the trash heap of history.
This is news to me. I don’t see how any reasonable reading of the post could warrant such a conclusion. While I don’t have much of anything invested in Lee-Jackson Day I have absolutely no problem if others wish to acknowledge it in some shape or form. I attended a couple of Lee-Jackson Day events in Charlottesville, Virginia during my time there and even over the years brought a couple of my classes to view the ceremony. Whether it ought to be acknowledged by the state is something that Virginians themselves must decide and for now I think the holiday is safe.
The point of the post was to suggest that the vast majority of Virginians, in fact, do not celebrate Lee-Jackson Day and I went on to speculate that within a generation or two it likely won’t be acknowledged at all. With each generation we seem to move further from the emotional hold that the Civil War once exerted on Americans. That is a purely descriptive claim that may or may not be true. I would love to hear Richard’s thoughts on this assuming he is able to dislodge himself from what he seems to need to believe about me.
BTW, I love the fact that there are people out there who believe that I have “followers.”