Raising Questions about the Origins of "Dixie" -song forever identified with the Confederacy & South

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Belle Montgomery

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When Walker Percy accepted the National Book Award in 1962, reporters asked the adopted Mississippian why there were so many good writers who were Southerners.

“Because we lost the War,” was his reply.

Flannery O’Connor, one such writer, was credited with the quote in Farrell O’Gorman’s 2004 book “Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction.”

O’Connor went on to explain that Percy did not mean “simply that a lost war makes good subject matter.“

“What he was saying was that we have had our Fall.”

Unbearable loss is a Civil War theme explored by another writer who was not a literary giant but a musician and not a Southerner but a Canadian.

After reading an earlier column about the bitter divide among Civil War-era Floyd Countians who held Unionist as opposed to Confederate sympathies, a reader wanted to know about a song referenced therein.
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Stratagemo

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A great song by The Band. One of my all time favorites!

If you like The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" I recommend that you listen to their "Acadian Driftwood" also. Similarly amazing :smile:
 

damYankee

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Interesting tidbit, Robbie Robertson who wrote the lyrics to The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down is Canadian.
 
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