I am old enough that I started school before the Federal Department of Education came into existence. My father was in the U.S. Navy. We traveled around the country as he was posted to different bases.

Sometimes those locations were in “The South” and sometimes they were in The North.

I am an American, first, last and always.

Years ago, in a motorcycle group I belonged to, I made a statement about the Civil War. One of the respected members replied with a question, “How many slaves did Lincoln free?”

The answer is surprising to most. Lincoln freed zero slaves. His proclamation only applied to the states that were in revolt. It did not apply to the states that remained a part of the Union.

This gentleman taught me to look a bit deeper at the history.

That is why I sometime choose to use terms I learned in school. At the time, my teachers taught both sides. Later I learned still more, yet my teachers still treated the south with respect.

If you took offense at my choice in terms in today’s tunes, please ask yourself “Why?” and if you have a good answer as to why I was out of line, feel free to let me know.

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By awa

2 thoughts on ““The War of Northern Agression””
  1. I had to go back and look at what you posted for Tuesday Tunes. TBH, it’s not the type of posts that regularly catch my eye, so….

    Now that I”ve read it, how could anyone be offended by a mans poetic letter to his beloved wife from the field of battle? Are they upset that he implied that he loved his country more? hell, if that’s the case, they really don’t want to know me!

  2. I always found interesting the portion of the Emancipation Proclamation which names areas of the South which have been reclaimed (?) by the Union where the proclamation is not in effect, like Hampton and Norfolk, Virginia and New Orleans, Louisiana. In fact, Norfolk was a “Trading Center” for legal trade between the Union and the Confederacy. What a strange war.

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