Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"...that shot was a sound of alarm that brought every soldier in the harbor to his feet."
In many ways, it seems we are right back where we started when you look how divided our country has become again. You would think after 150 years we would have moved past this event, but with more and more land being set aside in memory of the Civil War, it seems we prefer to live with constant reminders.
I remember living in Charleston for awhile, and the legacy of the war is palpable. The old mansion I was residing in as a guest of the Historic Charleston Foundation was made over into a battlefield one weekend, and these guys and gals took their battle very seriously.
I still think Bruce Catton's first book in his Centennial Series, The Coming Fury, does the best job of capturing the events leading up to the Civil War. Sadly, however, it doesn't seem like we took many lessons from this war. Instead, we keep repeating them endlessly, as if we are on some treadmill. I suppose it is because we still prefer to view the war in "heroic" terms rather than honestly discuss what the war was about. I thought David Blight did an excellent job in discussing Race and Reunion.