They Wore Butternut

Eleven states seceded from the Union in 1861. Each of those states honors it’s sons who fell during the war, but today is the anniversary of Gen. Johnson surrendering the last Confederate field force to Gen. Sherman and is recognized by four of them (Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi) as Confederate Memorial Day.

The causes of the War Between the States  are varied and complicated. Whether they be political, economical, ideological, or societal, they are as diverse as the states which comprised the fragile Union in 1861. Although there is no one overriding factor that can be called THE cause of the war, the average Johnny Reb knew what he was fighting for. He did not march to the sound of the guns because of Yankee export tariffs on Southern goods or to defend the institution of slavery. No, he marched to war for the same reason Americans have always done, and still do today; to defend his homeland. His state was that home, where his family was born and raised, where his mother, wife, or sweetheart waited with anxiety for his return. He recognized the sovereignty of his state and her borders and was willing to bleed for them. That very same sovereignty is still at issue 150 years later. It was for that sovereign independence which he fought, for which he died. Modern revisionism can not, must not, belittle the nobility of his cause, the courage of his heart, or the totality of his sacrifice for his hearth and home.

More than 258,000 sons of the South never returned to that home for which they gave so much, more than a quarter of the total estimated wartime strength of the Confederacy. 94,000 died in battle, 164,000 more of disease. They gave their last full measure of devotion, and the cause for which they died is as valid and just today as it was 150 years ago.

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Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
April 26, 2014 14:54

If I remember right, the Confederate states lost something like 18% of their male population during the war. Now if my ciphering is spot on, if you applied that percentage to todays male population of approx. 151 million, we would lose 27 million people today. I remember and honor my great great grandfather Michael Stubblefield, Company E 5th Missouri Infantry… Read more »

April 27, 2014 02:01

Thank you, Crunchie. Bless your heart. Three-fourths of my ancestors fought for Southern independence; the other one-fourth fought for the Union. I agree with General Longstreet, who said after the war, “We should have freed the slaves — and THEN fired on Fort Sumter.” Staten Islanders often make noises about seceding from New York — I just smile wryly and… Read more »

April 27, 2014 02:04

Scarlett’s vow: “As God is my witness. . . .”

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
April 29, 2014 10:06

And if it must be a repeat of what we did before, then so be it. Rather not, but oh well.