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1 Lumberhead  Apr 6, 2015 2:39:54pm

I’m not see a link to an article, just a wiki page about the “Lost Cause”. I’m guessing this is the article:
Make the Confederacy’s Defeat a National Holiday
On a related note, I came across this commentary on this article earlier today:
Making Appomattox a National Holiday

2 lostlakehiker  Apr 6, 2015 10:18:13pm

One bad idea, one good idea. The bad idea is another national holiday, especially for this reason. I rejoice at the victory of the Union cause, but I see no reason to throw it in the face of others who may be of a more mixed sentiment.

The good idea is to recognize those southerners who stood for the Union. Sam Houston wasn’t a Union general, but he did counsel against secession, and he was ill treated by the Texas secessionists.

Among the officers, George Henry Thomas, (Rock of Chickamauga) should be the one recognized, if we’re going to pick a champion and best case.

He chose the higher loyalty, that of principle, over tribal loyalty. That’s not actually all that easy. It’s a hard decision, to kill the sons of the friends you grew up with. And he was effective. Not only did he win, again and again, he did it with a patient thoroughness that meant that the fight he won stayed won.

It’s often the wrong decision to side against your own—-a principle has to be weighty and solid to merit such a step. Doctrines spring up like weeds, all claiming to merit perfect loyalty to The Cause. Most don’t merit it. Abolition did.

But by that same token, it’s not right to vilify the officers who couldn’t see their way to making that decision. The judgment of the day was that Lee, Longstreet, Jackson, and some others were misguided but were not villains. That name was reserved for such as Quantrill, Bedford Forrest, and what’s his name who presided over Andersonville. Fair enough.

And we should respect the decision of the victorious Northerners of the day. If anyone had the right perspective on whether Victory Day should be a national holiday, it would be them.

Victory in civil war is a bitter one. You’ve ended up losing hundreds of thousands of your own. Maybe into the millions, if you count lives lost to privation that accompanies the waste of war. They were all your own, even the enemy soldiers. Had they survived the war, they’d have gone on to help rebuild the nation. End zone dances and ball spikings and such are just so utterly inappropriate. Our ancestors understood that. And so should we.

3 HappyWarrior  Apr 7, 2015 10:41:21am

It needs to be celebrated because it really meant the end of slavery in our nation which was a black mark on our nation’s history. So and so can be proud of their great great grandpa who fought for the Army of Northern Virginia. Me, I’m proud of mine who although he wasn’t even born here and I assume not a U.S citizen at the time of his enlistment fought for this country anyhow. And there were thousands of people like him.

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