I appreciate the recent comments on memory and R.E. Lee as I am working to complete an essay on how the Civil War, and the Confederacy in particular, is taught to high school students around the world. The spectrum is broad and there were a few surprises along the way. Discussing with students how their peers in other countries learn American history helps to bring important interpretive themes into sharper focus and makes it easier to see them as assumptions worth analyzing.
How about one final image. This one is titled “The Christian General” by William A. Maughan. You will be sad to hear that the limited edition print is SOLD OUT. I’ve said it over and over, but it is worth repeating, that you can’t imagine a painting which depicts Grant or Sherman reading from the “Good Book” to an innocent child. I can’t help but wonder what is on Lee’s mind as he stares beyond the pages of the Bible. What do you think?
The surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865 effectively ended the Civil War and slavery in the United States. Why are we no longer "expected to join in singing Patriotic songs" to mark the occasion?
Brendan Wolfe, who both blogs at the Biederbecke Affair and works as the editor of the VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia [Encyclopedia Virginia Blog], responded to my last post with an incredibly thought-provoking question.
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though I am not quite sure whether it’s Al’s or Robert E. Lee’s. Click here when you are finished crying.
Update: Just a few of the sources that Al Stone uses to interpret R.E. Lee.
Gods and Generals by Jeff Sharra
Killer Angels by Michael Sharra
The Last Full Measure by Jeff Sharra
The South was Right by James & Walter Kennedy
A view of the Constitution of the United States of America by William Rawle
When in the Course of Human Events by Charles Adams
Republic of Republics by Bernard J. Sage
[Hat-Tip to John Maas]
It looks like Representative Don Brown’s bill to offer Confederate plates to Florida’s residents is going nowhere. Here is what Brown had to say:
It is not about racism, it’s not about slavery, it is about an acknowledgement that many of these people’s families have documented that they had friends and family or family who lost their lives fighting for a cause they believed in.
Fair enough, but why not honor your Confederate heritage in a way that does not involve defacing a sacred symbol?