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Confederate Memorial Day 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 26, 2010


Today is Confederate Memorial Day. It is an ancient question…how to honor the soldiers from the side that lost. They were just as valiant as the Union Soldiers. Considering the shortages of the Confederate Armies, the Rebels may have been just a bit braver.

The issue of Federalism is a defining conflict of the American experience. What powers do we give the Federal Government, and what powers do we cede to the States? The Confederacy was the product of this conflict. The Confederate States were a collection of individual states, with separate armies. This is one reason why the war turned out the way it did.

This is not a defense for slavery. The “Peculiar institution” was a moral horror. The after effects of slavery affect us today. Any remembrance of the Confederacy should know that. This does not make the men who fought any less brave.

It is tough to see the War Between the States through the modern eye. It was a different time, before many of the modern conveniences that are now considered necessities. Many say that the United States were divided from the start, and the fact the union lasted as long as it did was remarkable. When a conflict becomes us against them, the “causes” become unimportant.

The War was a horror, with no pain medicine, and little that could be done for the wounded. It took the south many, many years to recover. The healing continues in many ways today. Remembering the sacrifices made by our ancestors helps.
This is a repost from CMD 2009. Pictures are from the Library of Congress.

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  1. Darrell said, on May 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I often womder why this day is set apart from Memeorial Day(which began as Decoration Day in Charleston, SC) when we remember all the soldiers ? i also am told that Confederate Memorial Day is done in some places as an answer to the holiday set aside for honoring Dr.MLKing,jr.; is this so? I ask because it does not seem to be any comparison since one event is tied to delivering (in part) a portion of American citizens from bondage and the other was established to commemorate a man who died for the advocacy of Freedom for the self same citizens of our country which ultimately has set us all free from hypocrisy and disillusionment attached to a very faulty ideology.

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