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 Posted: Fri Jan 19th, 2007 01:24 pm
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Terrific thread!  I didn't see the ESPN show either.

As a Wyoming native with no ancestors in the war, I just didn't think about it.  My first 64 years were spent in almost complete ignorance about the Civil War, its causes, results, etc.  The North won and the South lost.  The Stars and Stripes beat the Stars and Bars, which I thought meant the St. Andrew's Cross.

Living in Virginia for 40 years, I've seen the CBF many times, bumper stickers, etc.  I always wondered, "Don't they know the war is over?  Why don't they give it up?"

Now, after 50 books and several battlefield visits, my attitude toward the flag has reversed completely.  I respect and honor those who fought under it, as much as those who fought against it.

Just goes to show what knowledge can do to one's thinking.


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