Across the South, people will soon celebrate the “glory days of secession” by commemorating the US Civil War on its 150th anniversary.
This, from the New York Times:
The events include a “secession ball” in the former slave port of Charleston (“a joyous night of music, dancing, food and drink,” says the invitation), which will be replicated on a smaller scale in other cities. A parade is being planned in Montgomery, Ala., along with a mock swearing-in of Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederacy.
In addition, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some of its local chapters are preparing various television commercials that they hope to show next year. “All we wanted was to be left
alone to govern ourselves,” says one ad from the group’s Georgia Division.
My mind reels. When I drive by the Civil War memorial in the town common today, I wonder how many descendants of those dead will be out celebrating “the glory days of secession.”
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If you’re new to this blog, you might want to read earlier posts on the Civil War and its aftermath.
The first Civil War veterans’ reunion:
Looking forward vs. looking backward: