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27 Nov

Book Review from The Civil War Courier “A Thousand Points of Truth” by Matt Thompson Along the path of history there is a blurred line were fact becomes fiction becomes myth becomes truth. A person’s life summed up by only parts that on the surface seems tantalizing, exciting, exhilarating. As time marches on, it seems to shave legacies to a fine point. That was the case personally with the subject in V. P. Hughes book A Thousand Points of Truth,…..

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23 Nov

I had always believed that Lincoln’s assassination hurt the South in that it had removed a man who intended as easy a transition for the Southern States back into the Union as possible. Remember, “…with malice towards none, with charity for all…” However, I should have known better! I should have remembered that what Lincoln SAID and what Lincoln DID were always two different things. In a critique of Doris Kearns-Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham…..

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22 Nov

A great deal is made in the Civil War Heritage Community of the Civil War Trust. This group raises money to purchase battle fields for historic memorials. Interestingly enough, many of the group’s supporters in Congress are liberal Democrats, a matter that seems rather odd given the left’s opinions of the War. When the assault on Southern heritage began, I was a member of the CWT and had received notice that my membership was up for renewal. Considering the dangerous…..

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16 Nov

On August 24th, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln wrote to politician and editor Henry J. Raymond that Raymond might seek a conference with Jefferson Davis and to tell him that hostility would cease “upon the restoration of the Union and the national authority.” In other words, three plus years of hideous bloodshed and war crimes would simply be ended on the above mentioned conditions. But there is so much more in those ten words than might be seen by the casual…..

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13 Nov

Given the ongoing calumnies visited upon the People and States of the South as they fought for their independence from a tyrannous “federal” government and its minions, it is time to consider the crimes committed against Southern prisoners of war by their federal captors. In 1903, Adj. Gen. F. C. Ainsworth estimated that more than 30,000 Union and 26,000 Confederates died in captivity (that is 12% died in the North and 15.5% died in the South). However, the numbers and…..

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09 Nov

A Thousand Points of Truth: The History and Humanity of Col. John Singleton Mosby in Newsprint. by V. P. Hughes Kevin R. Pawlak, Director of Education, Mosby Heritage Area Association How the present remembers the past stems from many different viewpoints, interpretations, and facts in the length of time between the historians and the stories they study. In V. P. Hughes’ study of John Singleton Mosby’s life through the Civil War to his death in 1916, she tackles the topic…..

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04 Nov

A friend of mine is translating a book on Lincoln written by Karl Marx. Her first installment was a refutation by Marx of the European press’s contention that the assault by the North on the South was not about slavery, but about economic and political power. Of course, one cannot divorce the issue of slavery from either consideration but Marx is either wrong or less than honest when he states that the conflict was “all about slavery,” a matter that…..

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29 Oct

Will someone please tell me, when did facts and truth become hatred, bias, bigotry and (God help us!) “racism?” Or do these negatives obtain only when someone has the temerity to express them? Is saying something politically incorrect a matter of “bias?” And if that is what is believed today, then why is it believed contrary to reason? Western civilization is a white civilization. These are the facts and the truth. There is nothing on earth that has elevated mankind…..

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28 Oct

There was a book written not long ago with the provocative title “Emancipating Slaves; Enslaving Free Men.” I don’t hold with the author’s premise that ending slavery was the only morally acceptable reason for the War of Secession and that protecting the rights and liberties of the Sovereign States and the People somehow constituted an unworthy cause. Nonetheless, the title at least is accurate. The War did indeed emancipate the black slaves while at the same time, enslaving all Americans…..

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27 Oct

In 1935 Lyon Gardiner Tyler (descendent of 10th President John Tyler) wrote: “The old Union was a union of consent; the present Union is one of force. For many years after the war, the South was held as a subject province, and any privileges it now enjoys are mere concessions from its conquerors, not rights inherited from the Constitution. The North, after the war, had in domestic negro rule a whip which England never had over Ireland. To escape from…..

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