What Civil War myth would you like to correct most?

kepi

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In my short time as a member here, I have looked over quite a few past posts and found several conversations and exchanges relating to myths about the Civil War or facts people just have wrong. This got me to thinking about which myth or incorrect bit of information people here may find the most troublesome, so here is my question for the group:

What Civil War myth, legend, or generally incorrect information would you like to dispel most in American popular culture? (YOU MAY ONLY PICK ONE)

Let us PLEASE be nice to each other, as I have seen this topic can get out of hand.
Thank You.
 
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cash

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I did thesis research on Matthew Brady and Andrew Gardner in college. Photographic teams at Gettysburg and as well as Antietam were positioning bodies for their photographs. There are some series of photos of the same subject where nearby objects that haven't moved are either closer or further away in relation to the featured body; or a blanket can be seen under the corpse. But for example; look below at the photos from Antietam's Dunker church, or from the Gettysburg field after Pickett's charge where the bodies lay in perfect allignment?!? They didn't fall that way...
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Your second photo is at the Rose Farm, not from Pickett's Charge. They were placed in the "V" shape by the burial detail, which was digging the mass grave for them.
 

E_just_E

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I did thesis research on Matthew Brady and Andrew Gardner in college. Photographic teams at Gettysburg and as well as Antietam were positioning bodies for their photographs. There are some series of photos of the same subject where nearby objects that haven't moved are either closer or further away in relation to the featured body; or a blanket can be seen under the corpse. But for example; look below at the photos from Antietam's Dunker church, or from the Gettysburg field after Pickett's charge where the bodies lay in perfect allignment?!? They didn't fall that way...
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My impression of those was that the bodies moved like that to be buried.
 
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dvrmte

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Yep, you clearly still don't have any grasp of what I actually wrote, because that addresses nothing I said, nor did you address being called out for blatant inaccuracies.

As for why you "waste time" on myself and others who have the temerity to disagree with you, we all know why you do that:

You're far more interested in being right than in being correct.


You are incorrect, there are no inaccuracies in my post. So that makes me not only right but also correct. And all along you've been claiming victimization as a means of CYA.
 

Karen Lips

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What the heck happened here? I'm just a newbie with a jones for Civil War history. Certainly had no intention of sparking another war. Forgive me for contributing
It is threads like yours that keep this forum interesting, lively and causes people to stop and think, or a least it should cause people to stop and think. You have no reason to apologize.
 

damYankee

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The wars in Minnesota didn't start till 1862, the Black Hawk war was about 3 months long. The wars in Iowa would be termed as one day conflicts at best. Wisconsin Indian fights were limited to a number of "raids" at best in 1826-27. My point is, that conflicts with the Indians in the south were longer and required more bodies. The Third Seminole War was the largest and longest conflict in U.S. history between 1812 and the Civil War.

I never implied that there weren't commonalities between the average "Joe" north or south, but that the south actually could claim a long history of military tradition based on its actual history of conflict. Not necessarily professional tradition, but by participation in conflicts from the Revolution through the wars preceding the Civil War.

At this point I believe you are just arguing for the sake of arguing. If I posted any opinion or fact you would flog it.
The Black Hawk War lasted 6 months, not one day, but that doesn't matter. all that matters is that we agree with you
Northerners could not fight, they had no military history, the indians just moved out before they showed up, thier life was so pampered the only way they won was to bring in the Irish and keep them drunk.
You win.
 

IcarusPhoenix

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What the heck happened here? I'm just a newbie with a jones for Civil War history. Certainly had no intention of sparking another war. Forgive me for contributing
There is nothing to apologize for; there's a long history of previous - and often acrimonious - debates there that we allowed to bleed into this thread. It is us who should be asking forgiveness, not you.
 

hanna260

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I know we've all seen these and similar photos dozens of times, but they always get to me. Most of these were young men between 18 to 25, and I doubt many of them thought it would be his day to die. Sad, sad sad.

They were boys. And they held their ground. And they made that charge. And they faced those bullets. And they died-sometimes for something they believed in, sometimes because they were doing what their friends were doing.

God- it always gets to me too.
 
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