I had missed the 150th anniversary of the end of the U.S. Civil War.
Partly, that's understandable, given the actual history as noted on Wikipedia -- namely, which end to commemorate:
Initially, Lee did not intend to surrender, but planned to regroup at the village of Appomattox Court House, where supplies were to be waiting, and then continue the war. Grant chased Lee and got in front of him, so that when Lee's army reached Appomattox Court House, they were surrounded. After an initial battle, Lee decided that the fight was now hopeless, and surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, at the McLean House. In an untraditional gesture and as a sign of Grant's respect and anticipation of peacefully restoring Confederate states to the Union, Lee was permitted to keep his sword and his horse, Traveller. On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, a Southern sympathizer. Lincoln died early the next morning, and Andrew Johnson became the president. Meanwhile, Confederate forces across the South surrendered as news of Lee's surrender reached them. President Johnson officially declared a virtual end to the insurrection on May 9, 1865; Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured the following day. On June 23, 1865, Cherokee leader Stand Watie was the last Confederate General to surrender his forces.And then there was 2015.
That Confederate flag. Which Confederate flag? What does the flag stand for? What was the Succession all about?
There's been a whole lotta of people decrying History! Honor! Family! Which is one thing. But declaring the Succession wasn't about slavery... That the end of slavery ended the problems for blacks in America...
How short-sighted. How ridiculous. How privileged. How racist. In 2015?
Today's Sunday Doonesbury comic strip on the new revisionist history Texas textbooks -- makes me wonder if the Civil War is really over. If the United States really won the war.
If we, the people, actually won the war.
No wonder I missed the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. It was buried under the mud and filth being shoveled on it.
What date does one choose to commemorate the end of a war which is still going on in the hearts and minds of some of our so-called citizens? Who aren't just about honoring their past, their families, but actively wish to cause pain and terrorize other citizens of this country with a symbol of their oppression.
I don't know.
And it makes me sad.
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