The American Civil war from the Southern side

I’m a yankee to the marrow of my bones.  I live in the deep south & I have for 20 years (gasp)  My children are Southerners.  In the North, I never saw Union soldiers dolls, or cheap reproductions of other’s art.  What I have noticed in Alabama is that there seems to be a great pride in the American Civil war…as though they didn’t  lose, that the South is a different country, I feel like they don’t want to be part of the U.S.A. I feel that only a great tragedy brings us together for a bit.  I was driving home & passed, again, the Union Cemetery.  Locked tight.  I’ve always puzzled over the title, Union Cemetery.  The Confederate flag flown during the war & far beyond it,  is proudly displayed for it’s buried soldiers.  My husband said that the headstones were made of limestone, which is why time took the names of the soldiers buried here.  Some information was saved & the Sons of the Confederate Veterans had the stones remade in granite. I walked around the parameter of the fenced in cemetery trying to understand this hold onto a war that is long forgotten in most of minds of men.  This war the men were sent, (to places where a cut on a finger could kill you) sent to places they’d never heard of.  These men were sons, husbands, brothers & fathers.  This is a Cemetery to honor those men, men lucky enough to be sent home, men who were members of families. Men who’s lives were cut short to a war that would not be won.  They deserve to be honored. I am upset that that thought never entered my mind.  I suppose I want their southern pride to dissipate & for them to become only Americans. But then I look at the first line in this babbling & I too divide.  I suppose it is resentment that for 20 years, I still have no close Southern friends & the relationship between my husband & I can flare in a heartbeat when we speak of North & South.  Soon, the North & South will blend together, because of jobs, hospitals, people tired of the snow & we can all work on becoming friends & struggle under conflicts like better electronics, religion, football teams…Broken stones Union cemetery confederatecemetery brokenstones

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  1. I come from a long line of soldiers from the civil war


    1. 2me4art says:

      I’m sure a lot of do.~amy


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