Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Argument Over.

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on June 28, 2020

Go read, and think.

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  1. John J Hartwell said, on June 28, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you, Andy. A moving and indisputable essay.

  2. quriosity said, on June 28, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Powerful. Worth reading and thinking about.
    Roy B.

  3. Neil Hamilton said, on June 30, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I find the silence in the face of this article just amazing, but not unexpected.

    • Andy Hall said, on June 30, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      All the comments here are moderated, but I haven’t blocked any on this post. “Silence” is correct.

  4. dmf said, on July 3, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    hey andy, hope all is well enough with you an yours, thought this might be of interest:
    https://newbooksnetwork.com/nicole-maurantonio-confederate-exceptionalism-civil-war-myth-and-memory-in-the-twenty-first-century-up-of-kansas-2019/
    peace, dirk

  5. J.B. Richman said, on July 7, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    When I was young boy, my parents invited people who were in town temporarily over to dinner. There were church groups and a Christian college that supplied a lot of these guests. One was a well-educated Black woman who told us about her family. A direct ancestor was a slave owner who had sent his half-black children to the North to be educated and free. She made it clear that she had no ill will toward this man and in fact, his descendants were grateful to him for the opportunities he had given them. At maybe 9 or 10 years old at the time I was incredulous. I’m a direct descendant of a survivor of Belle Isle Prison Camp, a Confederate hellhole. My New England forebears were Abolitionists, and faithful Christians. This woman explained to me that her faith called her to forgive him and be thankful that in this situation, he had done the right thing. From what I’ve read, this type of behavior was not all that common among slaveholders, and that many kept their own children in bondage. Needless to say, she made a big impression on me. You being Southern may know more about this sort of occurrence.

  6. bedbugsmith said, on August 7, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I think the author of this piece has brought old wounds to the surface, wounds that never healed, by studying her DNA profile. The fact she laid these wounds bare in order that others may begin healing is a remarkable sacrifice – I pray that people see it for what it is and not as an affront to their personal family heritage. As for the heritage of slavery, I would hope that someone today would not be so feckless as to equate a lost cause for a good one


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