Wednesday, April 13, 2005

National Geographic has an article about Civil War battlefields being turned into subdivisions. I happened to notice one of the name of a Confederate general killed on the field of battle that was such a marvelous name I had to look it up to see if it was really true: States Rights Gist. There really was a man named States Rights.

The Civil War fascinates me. The bravery, the slaughter, so foreign to our present America. Six Confederate generals died the same day that Gist did in combat. Six generals! At Cold Harbor, before they attacked, Union soldiers went ahead an pinned names and addresses on their uniforms so their bodies could be identified. I cannot imagine.

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