- Jul 4, 2016
- Rockbridge County, Virginia
What army marched into Boston..? How many folks in Mass had their farms overrun by troops who took everything they could, from food, to personal belongings, set everything on fire, & shot the livestock..?It is the role of historians (and, presumably of history buffs) to reach rational and supportable conclusions. Personalizing an issue--saying that criticism of a viewpoint is an attack on oneself--is counterproductive. We are no more responsible for our ancestors than they are for us. If it is accepted that faulting some historic viewpoint is tantamount to an attack on descendants, matters here are going to come to a grinding halt while we research each other's genealogy!
The provincialism that you ascribe to the "average Southerner" was also true of the average Northerner. Wendell Phillips spoke for the average Bostonian (on the trampling of states' rights by the Fugitive Slave Act) when he said: "This is the first time hostile soldiers have been in our streets since the red coats marched up Long Wharf." Fanny Seward described the exact moment she became an abolitionist while on a trip in the South--witnessing the lashing along of a group of boys, taken from their families to be sold.
The years leading up to a conflict like this are filled with passions. "Virtuous fingers" can be ascribed to both sides. But the Civil War is more than 150 years over; what it means to later times is out of the purview of this forum.
^ happened much more than some folks want to believe.
Read up on Jack Hinson. He voted against secession, & helped negotiate a peaceful surrender of a Confederate fort without bloodshed. Yankees stayed at his farm. He was no secessionist. His sons were out deer hunting when they were approached & accused of being bushwhackers. Executed, their bodies were drug through town, & their heads put on posts at the entrance to Jacks farm, ala Vlad the Impaler. THAT is what made him become a Sniper & take out Yankee officers.
How many folks in Boston had an experience like Jack's..? Or so many other Southerners who had their entire winter food supply seized, their home burned, & turned out into the elements. Stuff like that leads men to take up arms. Regardless of the politics involved.