Re: Slightly off topic...but The National Anthem
posted at 6/21/2014 10:45 AM EDT
In response to 67redsox's comment:
In response to dannycater's comment:
In retrospect had the South and North just became separate countries, it might have saved thousands of lives over the years. The differences between the Southern and Northern colonies were vast and their common thread was interference from the King's rule.
I was born in boston but now live in northern virginia. When in the north I heard that point of view now in the south I hear the opposite. Some people don't think northern virginia is the south, they call it occupied virginia and indeed it is!
I decided to study the civil war to see where the truth lies and I have found that there is some truth on both sides. It is a complicated issue, so much so that it would be impossible to discuss here.
In the simplest terms lincoln felt it was necessary that this country, the experimental republic stand against all odds. He felt if it failed here it would not succeed anywhere.
I sometimes wonder where we would be if the united states became divided. Would we become two, three or even more countries? Would we end up looking like europe? If we did end up looking like europe would we have been able to turn back hitler?
Nature abhors a vacuum so if we don't stand against those who are trying to overtake the world then who will?
67, this point you make is so true.
Growing up in upstate NY we all knew of local civil war hero Col. Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed in the civil war.
His story is local history, he was an aide to and very close to Lincoln, During the early days of the war in May of 1861. Lincoln was able to look down the Potomac into Alexandria and see a hugh confederate flag flying from the roof top of a hotel, The Marshall House. The flag was 14 X 40 foot hoisted up a 40 foot flag pole.
The day after Virginia's secession Ellsworth led his troops into Alexandria chasing out the Confederates, he then went to the Marshall House with 4 troops and up to the roof to remove the flag. As Ellsworth came down stairs with the very large flag the Inn's owner killed Ellsworth with one shot to the chest from a shot gun.
Last summer on a visit to Washington for a ballgame and to visit with my brother who graduated from American U. in the late 60s who now lives in Alexandria we drove by the Marshall House, I was surprised to see the plaque on display wondering why there was no mention of Ellsworth to which my brother replied, "hey you are in the south"