Confederate Memorial Day

Posted in Georgia History, History by chamblee54 on April 26, 2013

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia. 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 2010. Pictures are from the Library of Congress.

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  1. Gus Kaufman said, on April 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Hey L,
    “Remembering the sacrifices made by our ancestors helps.” I had a great & a great-grandfather who fought for the South in the Civil War. I am heartily ashamed of that, as I would be if they had been Germans who fought for the Reich.(I had cousins who fought for Germany in WWI!) Also, the ‘our ancestors’ leaves out a lot of people, in particular African Americans.

    • chamblee54 said, on April 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Thank you for reading through to the end. The third paragraph tried to include African Americans. There are no easy answers.

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  3. ann bennett said, on April 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I was surprised by the familiarity of the pictures. You had done a selection of pictures before and the young men seemed like the ones you meet today. These pictures were more personal for me. One looked particular familiar and I looked at the last name which is in my family tree.
    People who aren’t from the South don’t understand. Slavery and racism were wrong. The civil war was fought about money. I could go on and on but why? This is why I write.

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