100 Things I Know #16 – Symbols Have Force (The Confederate Battle Flag)

Whether it’s the cross of Christ, the Nazi Swastika, the Nike Swoosh, the Confederate Battle Flag, or the LGBT Rainbow, symbols express and capture ideas, movements, events, religions, economic and political forces.   Raised symbols become rallying centers for people advocating for a cause, public expressions of shared passion and belief, points of gathering energy for …

Honor

"You can't compare men back then to men today.  There's just no comparison." So said one of the more compelling Civil War Reenactors I talked to at the "Battle of Waynesboro" in Waynesboro, Virginia last weekend.   What he meant was that there was something that the combat veterans of the American Civil War understood, …

Still in the Wake of The Civil War

Here's an interesting question:  what types of ceremonies, rituals, and celebrations are appropriate for remembering the war officially known as "The War Between The States"?  (So said Congress in 1948, one reenactor pointed out to me last weekend.) Actually, Wikipedia refutes my friend the reenactor, saying Congress never officially legislated a name for the war. …

What Two Months of Civil War Reading Will Do To You

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped." After two months of reading, and a trip to Gettysburg, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, here's a little of what's on my mind: The Civil War The battle for how history is told Robert E. Lee and "honor" The muddy boots …