Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Why “Dead Confederates?”

I chose the name Dead Confederates for this blog because it neatly encapsulates my own view about my Civil War ancestors. There is an inescapable logic to it; all of them were Confederates, and all of them are dead.

To expand a bit on that latter point, they are not just physically dead, but also dead as individuals, as personalities. While I can quote many factual details about their lives and military service, they can never be fully known as individuals. With a few exceptions, they left no memoirs or personal papers that reflect what they believed or how they felt or what motivated them; their thoughts and desires and regrets and fears and eccentricities are as dead as their corporeal selves.

They are, in every sense, dead Confederates.

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