Southern Gentleman, Lest We Forget, 2011
Honored Fallen Comrade
- Feb 20, 2005
It's in our veins and our culture. We are descended from the men who fought, we heard the stories from our grandparents and great-grandparents about fighting the war, and the effects after the war. Many families have great-granddaddy's rifle, pistol, or sword he used in the war. My confederate heritage is as much a part of me as my german heritage. And throughout the south are memorials to the men and women who served. Not to mention all the battlefields. When I was in the 8th grade, during a study of NC history there was a long section about Wilmington's role in the war, and a field trip to Fort Fisher. The effects of the war reach into my childhood. A report had come out in the 1960s about the poor conditions of schools in the south, how they lagged behind the north. I remember the discussions of how the south had to rebuild it's economy because of the devastation of the war and reconstruction, and it really didn't start going good until WWII. Even the naming of Fort Bragg after Braxton Bragg set off a controversy.
I've been to the UDC's national conventions, we have chapters in every state. The ladies from the northern chapters may have confederate ancestors, but they're still yankees. They may talk about the "lost cause" but it's something they learned about, not something they were born with.
Curious if you have links to the Order of the Confederate Rose?