But a powder monkey learned a lifetime skill.. if he lived. An artillery runner didn’t have a skill he could sell when the war ended.I think the artillery units on dry ground had the equivalent of powder monkeys too. They were just called runners there , monkey was naval slang.
That is never an easy pill to swallow.In fact, as you all well know. I have the hardest time keeping my comments in the periods of this forum. I have to delete posts that can’t keep on topic and in the past.
I find myself posting less on these topics because of it too. Although, I enjoy reading and learning from the true historians on this forum, who always warn they are posting their opinion, or understanding of the topic at hand. As with all things historical, there are opinions, and errors. And since we were not there to see with our own eyes, we tend to believe the version of events that suits our liking the best.
For sure there were people full of bs telling tall tales, and history often morphs into myth, and myth becomes truth. In regard to TWBS, I have found, most of what I learned in school books was the North’s sanitized version of it, over simplified, and often deliberately painting the Southerners to be the “bad guys.”
They say there are always two sides to every story. In reality, issues as complicated as the civil war, are never as simple to explain as just the North vs South versions. The truth is hard to find, and often times, what we believe about historical events as true, turns out to be totally false.
The older I get, the more I am finding out, many things I held as the gospel truth, are dead wrong.
That is never an easy pill to swallow.
Is that a positive or a negative ?Here lately there is a push to erase all things Confederate and for us rethink the Civil War.
You brought it up. I think it worth exploring.I did ask for opinions and I see that you replied with yours, however I don't see anything in your post that pertains to any men or events from July 21, 1861. Oh, and closure from what?
The war, loosing, being on the wrong side, or any other pertinent thing, take your pick.Oh, and closure from what?
Is there, really ?Here lately there is a push to erase all things Confederate
The simple fact remains that the South's only intention was to separate and go their own way allowing the North to do so as well.When people today try to defend the reasons for southern secession, and characterize the civil war as "northern aggression", then there is a strong inference that they are trying to justify the south's desired attempt to perpetuate slavery into eternity.
The war to preserve the Union and all that followed to this day has been a struggle to tear down all of the vestiges of the slavery era.
For instance, It wasn't until 1967 that laws banning inter-racial marriage were struck down by the Supreme Court and it took even longer for public opinion to more universally reflect support for that decision. --->>> Interracial marriage in the United States - Wikipedia
Once the American social construct allowing slavery was destroyed, it has taken generations for a new social construct to be built and universally accepted that blacks are equal to whites.
Once secession started, there was no turning back the progress that was about to be made.
It was the war to end all wars over race based social and political inequality in the USA.
Historically speaking, when it comes to the Confederacy and the reasons for its defeat, there's nothing to defend except for a romantic notion of honor for which there is actually very little to speak of other than in the misguided hearts and minds of innocent men.
It's mostly sympathy for those who lost their lives supporting and believing in a cruel and evil social system of an ancient by-gone era that we as a nation inherited from the British that we simply needed to cast off and pay the price for.
What could have been a peaceful de-construction of slavery ended up turning into a horrific, bloody and costly war due to the conflicted belief systems of which one should be condemned while the other is promoted and which many need to be constantly reminded of.
There can only be one truthful history.
Prior to 1865 and the 13th Amendment, slavery was ingrained enough to be accepted as being for the social good of the nation.
After 1865 and the 13th Amendment, slavery has officially become morally evil and bad.
We as a nation simply righted the course of our ship of state and now there's no going back.
The course correction was made, the nation paid the price and was baptized by fire.
Slavery = bad, racial equality = good.
Confederacy = bad, Union = good.
The USA became whole, solid and united enough to go forth and continue to create a more perfect Union.
History wasn't written by the victors as much as it was chosen and accomplished by the victors, just like all of world history after the Declaration of Independence.
America had a task to fulfill, the mission was accomplished and all that follows becomes history.