A Sesquicentennial Celebration

Sesquicentennial logoYou may have noticed recently an increase of civil war related posts here on the blog. There’s a reason for that. This year marks the Sesquicentennial of the war of northern aggression, a far more appropriate label since the term ‘civil war’ is not quite accurately descriptive enough for me, and let’s face it, there was nothing civil about it.

My beloved Virginia, the heart of the confederacy, is leading the way with events, some of which will be taking place in Blacksburg, and that’s a good thing. It draws awareness to an historically much abused event in our nations history – mostly from the winners of that late unpleasantness. After all, the winners get to write the history, and boy have they been telling some tall tales for 150 years and brainwashing the public in everything from myths of the Lincoln cult to Southern slavery and much, much more.

I first became interested in the history of the war in the early 1980’s during the shooting of the film The Blue and The Gray which was being made on and near the University campus I attended. Many of us had the privilege of taking part in the film as extras. Later, prior to the release of the much acclaimed film God’s and Generals, I had opportunity to have a brief discussion with Ron Maxwell, the film’s director, and managed at the same time to raise the ire of Virginia Tech civil war guru James Robertson, who apparently disagreed with my statement that the war was not fought over slavery, but revenue and power.

Well, as I’ve said before, history is important, and so is the truth of it. I intend to scatter some of that truth on occasional posts. I’ve already posted a few on that godly example for every Christian, Stonewall Jackson. There is a man who was a friend to the Negro, set up Sunday Schools and educated many slaves and freed men, helping them to learn to read the Bible.

There are reasons we Virginians celebrate the lives of Lee and Jackson you know. Both men were godly Christians, concerned for the glory of God both in and out of war. If you’re a Southron, you’ll be tickled I imagine; if not, you may get riled if you continue to read this blog, but at least I’ll have the opportunity to slip some actual education into your sub consciousness and that suits me just fine.

Now, just so there’s no misunderstanding, I am pro-South with family ties to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the more I learn the stronger my convictions, so don’t bother trying to change my mind by trying to persuade me that Lincoln was a honorable President or other such nonsense.

‘Round here, that dog just won’t hunt.