Sesquicentennial

By lex, on April 12th, 2011

One hundred and fifty years ago today, South Carolina – “too small for a country, too large for a lunatic asylum,” according to unionist Judge John Petigru – lit a match that started a fire which would consume the lives of 600,000 American soldiers in blue and butternut.

In the pages of the Washington Post we see that the causes of the war (if not its effects) are being litigated still.

William Faulkner, that great diarist of the south, wrote that, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”

As for me, I’m proud my ancestors fought so valiantly, and glad that they lost.

Sesquicentennial

 

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