Willie Tarver, of Wadley, made concrete gravemarkers in the mid-1960s before moving to large-scale concrete and metal figurative sculptures. Tarver’s sense of humor is visible in works like Cap Lee #3, which melds the artist’s features with those of Robert E. Lee. [source]
On this day in April 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. Those of you who continue to harbor hatred for Grant and the rest of the “yankee horde” would do well to listen closely to Johnny Yuma. In this episode, Johnny explains to a young boy, who lost his father in the war, to put aside his hate and embrace forgiveness and reconciliation.
This episode beautifully captures the reconciliationist spirit of the Civil War Centennial. “Well Mr. McCune, here is how I look at it. In a way everybody who fought for either side was at Appomattox.”
Looks like Vanderbilt University has put together a first rate speakers series [see here, here, and here] on the Civil War. It is safe to say that the most important book to be published on the Army of Northern Virginia in recent years is Joseph Glatthaar’s, General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse. I read through the book when it was first published and have since gone through large sections of it again. While the book offers an incredibly rich narrative it is Glatthaar’s statistical sample that constitutes the real value of this study. Glatthaar’s statistical portrait of the ANV is slated to be published by the University of North Carolina Press: Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee. You get a taste of this aspect of the book in this presentation.