Tom Dugan’s Robert E. Lee

I am not a big fan of historical impersonators. More often than not their interpretations reflect a consensus view that simply reinforces deeply held beliefs. The goal seems to be more entertainment than education. Such is the case with Tom Dugan, who pulls off a pretty good Lost Cause-inspired interpretation of Lee.  Here is Lee the beleaguered slavemaster who wants nothing more than to see slavery end.  Even a cursory perusal of Lee’s letters or the recent biography by Elizabeth Brown Pryor reveals a very different attitude regarding slavery and race.  A bit more disturbing is the Lee who never quite gets over the “high watermark of the rebellion” – even before it had become the high watermark.  Funny, that I am here reminded of Michael Fellman’s overly-psychological interpretation of Lee.  I would love to bring Dugan in to perform for my Civil War Memory class.  It would make for a wonderful discussion.

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Say Hello To My New Issue of North and South Magazine

My subscription to this magazine couldn’t run out soon enough. You can imagine my surprise when I read this in Keith Poulter’s “Editorial” column: “We switched printers with the last issue and failed to make clear that the magazines should continue to be mailed to subscribers in polybags.  As a result they were not bagged and a number (about a dozen) were damaged in the mail, necessitating their being replaced.  As subscribers will already have noticed, this issue was bagged and this will be the case with all future issues.”  I can report and as you can see, THIS ISSUE WAS NOT BAGGED!

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“Beast” Butler Trivia

When it comes to Gen. Benjamin Butler there is no shortage of controversy.  Butler is arguably best known for his infamous General Order No. 28 of May 15, 1862, which stated that if any woman should insult or show contempt for any officer or soldier of the United States, she shall be regarded and shall be held liable to be treated as a “woman of the town plying her avocation”, i.e., a prostitute.

Most of us are familiar with Butler’s treatment of the ladies of New Orleans, but how about his handling of foreign nationals?  Can someone tell me why, in the summer of 1862, Gen. Butler ordered the residents of New Orleans to register, indicating to which country they held allegiance?

There is no prize other than the pride that comes with a correct answer to an obscure question.

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“Isn’t It Bad Enough the South Got Its Tail Kicked in the Civil War?”

I know I posted this video once before, but it is so damn funny that I thought it was worth sharing again. Maurice Bessinger is quite a character.  Consider Mr. Bessinger’s “21st Century Declaration of Independence Renewal”:

Our sacred constitutional republic has been badly wounded and eroded in our lifetime through illegal executive orders from Presidents, Abraham Lincoln thru Bill Clinton, unconstitutional laws passed by Congress and radical left-wing re-interpretations by the Supreme Court. If we are to save our constitutional republic that our ancestors gave their lives, spilled their blood, and gave their fortunes then this generation must implement a simple plan of individual states initiative to begin the return of our sacred constitution given to us by God Almighty.

We can do this by beginning to restore state sovereignty. As a first step, we can demand that our state governments and legislatures place their state flag first place on the top of the State Capitol dome and on all state property, including schools.  When this is accomplished, it will tell everyone, especially our children, that each state is a sovereign entity in this republic and from this moment on, we will get back to constitutional government. This will stop these left-wing one-worlders who realized over 50 years ago that in order to accomplish their goals, they must destroy, re-interpret or ignore our sacred constitution to carry out their plan of destroying our constitutional republic.  Let’s get those state flags back to first place on all state property. That step alone will be a giant step in taking back our constitutional republic.  Our Sacred Constitution was given to us by God and He expects us to have the courage to keep it.

Long live the constitutional republic.

Well, that seems to take care of the argument that the Confederate flag is not a political symbol.  Enjoy as I head outside to do some serious snow shoveling.

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Confederate Memory With a Portuguese Accent

I don’t know much about the few white Southerners who left the country following the war owing to the widespread physical destruction, military occupation as well as the consequences of emancipation.  Here is at least one title that looks worthwhile.  Actually, the more I watched the more I thought of this story as a reflection of Brazilian memory rather than what we would assume to be a Civil War/Confederate memory.  These scenes seem to have all of the trappings of our popular memory of the war as seen in Gone With the Wind and your standard reenactment rather than anything having to do specifically with the men and women who chose to leave the United States.  At one point one of the interviewees suggests that his ancestors would be pleased to learn that they continue to keep the memory of the Confederacy alive.  Perhaps, but the fact that they chose to leave suggests that they were trying not only to distance themselves physically from their homes, buy psychologically as well.  I get the sense that remembrance of their Confederate past is a once a year event.  Just a thought.

Additional videos can be found here and here.

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