Sunday, April 15

Perryville

A: And you should be careful about what you say around rednecks as you might get knocked on your yellow ass as would serve you right.

D: That's the Charlie used to say at Khe Sanh, too, shitbird. The primary differences being a) that Chalie was smart; b) that he could fight as well as bluster; b) he'd do so even if he was outnumbered and hadn't had twelve Old Milwaukees.

It is inevitable--inevitable--that given that given two minutes and a megaphone the Mr. As of the world make your case for you:
And KY was one border slave state that stayed in the Union only because of leverage. A lot of Americans died at Perryville - read your history.

Sheesh, Perryville, October 8, 1862--the largest, and pretty much the last Civil War battle on Kentucky soil--was a clash of armies in the Western theatre, not some sort of popular uprising. Bragg had moved into Kentucky with two purposes in mind: relieve the pressure on Corinth and Chattanooga, and to swell his ranks with Kentucky recruits. He did neither. His quick exit capped a late summer/early autumn that saw the Union victorious at Corinth, at Iuka, and Lee's retreat from Maryland.

We repeat: Kentuckians voted for the Union in every way it mattered--in the state and national legislatures, in the rebuke of the invasions of Johnston and Bragg in the early part of the war, and in enlisting by a 3-1 margin in the Federal army. The assertion of a "Confederate heritage" on the southern banks of the Ohio is at best a celebration of the minority status of one's ancestors, and at worst a sort of smirking celebration of racism and comic-book history.

Do we ignore the racism of the North? Not then and not to this day. Would we censor individual displays of the accoutrements of slave ownership, even if we could? Nah. We're First Amendment believers here, one of the freedoms our own ancestors fought to extend to all citizens, however imperfectly they believed in that. Besides, we're happy to let y'all mark that particular territory for all the world to see.

4 comments:

spaghetti happens said...

Thanks for the history lesson. My mother's people being from Harlan County by way of London, Lexington, and Covington, I had always assumed that was why I fall so naturally into a Southern accent. Now I have to figure out another reason, damn you.

Seriously, though, I recall thinking, after reading "Beloved", that my old hometown of Cincinnati was the first Northern port of entry for many escaping slaves. Not so?

Veritas78 said...

"You've got HateMail!"

Give 'em hell, Doghouse. They don't know the fight they've picked.

Anonymous said...

Bragg might have done better had he come through Western Kentucky, but the mountain folks were all solid Union. That's where we got West Virginia, too, and East Tennessee was a cakewalk for Union occupation.
Plus, Bragg was a military idiot suitable for the Bush Administration.

"Heckuva Job, Braggy"--J. Davis

Steve "Longstreet" James

Anonymous said...

"he'd do so even if he was outnumbered and hadn't had twelve Old Milwaukees."

We don't drink Yank piss down South.

This guy was in the battle of Perryville, KY as a soldier in Co. H, 1st TN Regiment and wrote, "I remember how gladly the citizens of Kentucky received us." "They had heaps and stacks of cooked rations along our route, with wine and cider everywhere, and the glad shouts of "Hurrah for our Southern boys", greeted and welcomed us at every house." "The bands played "Dixie" and the "Bonnie Blue Flag", the citizens cheered, and the ladies waved their handkerchiefs adn threw us bouquets" "New recruits were continually joining our ranks." - Company Aytch, p.42. Sam Watkins.


"We repeat: Kentuckians voted for the Union in every way it mattered--in the state and national legislatures, in the rebuke of the invasions of Johnston and Bragg in the early part of the war, and in enlisting by a 3-1 margin in the Federal army. The assertion of a "Confederate heritage" on the southern banks of the Ohio is at best a celebration of the minority status of one's ancestors, and at worst a sort of smirking celebration of racism and comic-book history."

Your opinion and history tell a different story. Again, read your history:

http://members.aol.com/CintiCWRT/bluegrass.html

It's time to put liberal northern agitators and revisionists in their place.