Sunday, July 2, 2017

Scalawag: Confederate Monuments and the Fourth of July

Via Billy

In 1871, the city of Richmond, Virginia, publicly celebrated the Fourth of July. It was an unfamiliar experience. There had been no general commemoration of Independence Day since 1860 -- before Virginia had seceded from the nation that was formed in 1776.

Other Southern cities were not ready to resume participation in our national ritual. Cheraw became the first place in post-Civil War South Carolina to do so, in 1891. Jackson, Mississippi, waited until 1901 to hold a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the occasion. Vicksburg, Mississippi, didn't join the party until 1945.

Staunch supporters of the Lost Cause had little fondness for the United States. The Stars and Stripes was the banner of their enemy. When Union troops occupied Richmond in April 1865, the first thing they did was hoist the American flag over the capitol.

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  1. Total Scalawag. I hope the ghost of Gen.Polk kicks him in his head all night so he can't sleep. And if he helps pull down the one at Ft Polk, perhaps it will fall on him. SPLAT. Polk was a preacher too....maybe he will convince St peter to reject the guy when he dies off.