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    Civil War at 150

    More of a book list from the Louisville Courier-Journal:'

    Wealth of books explores nation's conflict from unexpected angles

    150th anniversary begins on April 12, when Confederate guns fired on Fort Sumter.

    Two of the books I have read:
    Stephen Crane “The Red Badge of Courage.”
    Michael Shaara “The Killer Angels”

    Which one have you read and any missing ?
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Civil War? How about:
    The War Between the States (true states rights people should correct this to The War Among the States
    The War of Northern Aggression
    or, as often quoted in the later 1800s: that recent unpleasentness

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    Ah yes, the Civil War.

    Northern soldier: "Pardon me, sergeant. I am frightfully sorry to be a bother, but I do have to shoot you now. All that slavery and firing on that U.S. military installation, well, it's all just too, too much."

    Southern soldier: "That is quite all right, old bean. I completely understand. And I hope you will not take offense if one of my boys shoots one of your boys. Nothing personal, I assure you. It is just how this sort of thing is done."
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    Try reading Harry Turtledove's "The Guns of the South" for an alternative and totally different take on things.
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    Try reading Harry Turtledove's "The Guns of the South" for an alternative and totally different take on things.
    I read that book in high school. South Africans go back in time and give the south AK-47's seemed like a odd premise to me. The book does have some interesting thoughts on what happens after the CSA becomes a nation.
    "If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less" General Eric Shinseki

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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    I read that book in high school. South Africans go back in time and give the south AK-47's seemed like a odd premise to me. The book does have some interesting thoughts on what happens after the CSA becomes a nation.
    Yep. It's good, though, if you are into the alternative history genre. He's written a lot of books based on alternative outcomes of conflicts such as WW2, Revolutionary War, etc.
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    Definitely not a book, but here's a letter from a freed slave to his former master that is great, quick read. For some reason, it reminds me of Mark Antony's eulogy of Caesar in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

    Letter from Jourdan Anderson to His Former Master (1865)
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    My college age daughter, needing TB tests to qualify for candy-striping at a local hospital, found two local county health depts closed yesterday for "Confederate Memorial Day".

    Some ghosts just won't go away.

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    Quote Originally posted by fringe View post
    My college age daughter, needing TB tests to qualify for candy-striping at a local hospital, found two local county health depts closed yesterday for "Confederate Memorial Day".

    Some ghosts just won't go away.
    The State of Georgia keeps that holiday on the books because, with the exception of MLK Day, the Legislature does not want to close the state government during their session (Washington's Birthday gets moved to the December 26 this year, for example).

    Still...
    I found you a new motto from a sign hanging on their wall…"Drink coffee: do stupid things faster and with more energy"

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    It's very rare for people anywhere in the world to expend so much effort to celebrate an ignoble war their ancestors started and then fought 150 years ago and which they rather resoundingly lost. I don't get it. This country needs to get over it.

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    Quote Originally posted by fringe View post
    My college age daughter, needing TB tests to qualify for candy-striping at a local hospital, found two local county health depts closed yesterday for "Confederate Memorial Day".

    Some ghosts just won't go away.
    Is Robert E. Lee's birthday still a state holiday as well? I was when I was there, before most of you were born

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    Quote Originally posted by mike gurnee View post
    Is Robert E. Lee's birthday still a state holiday as well? I was when I was there, before most of you were born
    In Georgia? Yeah, but it gets moved to the Friday after Thanksgiving.
    I found you a new motto from a sign hanging on their wall…"Drink coffee: do stupid things faster and with more energy"

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    We get both Confederate Memorial day off and REL birthday off. B y the same token, we get regular Memorial Day, the 4th of July and MLK day off. so I suppose they balance each other. This area is such a hodge podge of people, most of them don't much notice or care.
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