My blog is meant for my own purposes so that I retain the knowledge of this most important part of our history.
Many people are completely ignorant about what all led up to the Civil War and the circumstances which prolonged it for so long at the cost of so many lives, injury, and destruction. I do not intend to be one of those people.
Oftentimes when we try to learn about the Civil War, we get overwhelmed by the details. There’s so much of it out there that it’s quite difficult to know where to start. I know when I started, I had no idea about the chronology for most of all the battles. In my mind, I had Gettysburg mixed up with those battles down in Virginia as being about the same time period with no idea of who won. I just want to jump that hurdle and finally sequence the order in my own mind and write little stories about it. This accomplishes primarily two things. It allows me to get writing out of my system when the creative juices flow. Rather than talking a bunch of rubbish which may or may not go appreciated, at least now I have a central archive of my stories that are welcome for anybody to read. Second of all, it cements it into my mind so that I can argue with authority should the need ever arise.
I know that I’ve often questioned how people could be so callous as to disregard one another as not fellow human beings but as either friend or enemy. This was the case with the Civil War and the greatest tragedy. Friend against friend, brother against brother and the most tragic of all Father against son. How could anybody so easily dismiss somebody as an enemy? I saw somewhere when a son learned that his father was killed by the Federal, his reply was simply “Well, he was a Yankee.” As if all Yankees are evil and bad and simply needed to be killed. (this was his own Father!) Whether this was a self-preservation mechanism, we would never know since they are all dead. I would love to have talked to some of the Veterans just to find out about it as I’m always pestering WWII Vets whenever I see one walking around with a WWII Unit cap on.
I wanted to start this blog in the hope of remembering this history and if others read it then perhaps they will learn something as well and perk interest in it for themselves.
Perhaps it’s the most important thing that we should remember our past so that we don’t repeat it. Unfortunately, however, that seems to never be in our human quality.
Why do we keep repeating our own mistakes? Is it that we enjoy seeing the human misery of others or is it just idealizing and glamorizing war for its own sake? That seems to be the perennial question we all ask ourselves over and over as we progress through our existence.
Let’s look at why our collective human mindset can devolve into such irrational thinking as to justify a war of that scale that we waged upon ourselves. Each side believes in the righteous and just cause which they felt bound to protect. Each side believed that the divine was on their side, much like they did in Biblical times. Each side proclaiming the favor of God who should hand them their victory.
Major General Jackson, a deeply religious man believed that he was only an instrument and God would guide him and he shouldn’t worry about getting killed because it wasn’t him that made that decision but God. I found this thought pretty profound in that he was in a state of mind whereby he separated himself from his own fate since God would choose it for him. There he sat upon his horse, Little Sorrel and without fear or flinching issuing battlefield commands while bombs and bullets were flying around his head. This, of course, is what earned him the label “Stonewall”.
The stories I find interesting are the little ones. There are plenty of other places you can go if you want more in-depth study. Like I said, this site is primarily for myself but everybody is welcome. I may explore some more divergent ideas than what most people might expect. This may not be all about the Civil War but I will endeavor to tie it all together in my writing. If you want to comment, please feel free to do so.