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150th Comemoration Of America's Civil War

Story ID:7098
Written by:bobby o'neill mitchum (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Phenix City Alabama U.S.A.
Year:2011
Person:sELF
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Well,once again,that well worn and often used term CIVIL WAR has risen to the forefront of the U.S.News,first off,it was any thing but CIVIL in the broadest interpretation of the word,it was the most bloody war ever fought on American soil.
Yes,My Great Grand Father was a participant in that war,He served with the 7th Alabama Cavalry Regiment,and Yes I am proud of My Southern Heritage.I was an avid Civil War Reenactor for meany years and would still be envolved in that Hobby if age and health would allow it.The way I see it is that it was History,History cannot be denied,it happened,We do not need to try and gloss over the fact that Slavery played a huge role in precipitating that war,what we do need to do is get passed that issue,granted it is still a very sore subject in meany areas but we do not need rabble rousers making it worse.And I am speaking of People,both black and white trying to make a stand,get publicity or gain political power by speaking out against any celebration,commemoration or event that will take place,may take place or has already taken place,we do not need people running amok in cemetaries ripping the confederate flags off graves just to prove a point.We in the South (most of us) are proud of our Southern Heritage,we honor our ancestors who fought in that damn war and I for one am very proud that My Great Grand Father had the guts to stand up for what He believed (whether it was right or wrong in todays political climate is a moot point)to the point that He would actually take up a gun and fight for it.How meany of us today can or would do the same thing?
Bob Mitchum