Tell Again Tuesday
A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.
How about a little history today as we continue to see fighting around the world. This story relates what it is like for the non-combatants, at least during the Civil War.
A Civil War Story
We Americans are now in the final months of our Civil War’s sesquicentennial (1861-1865). Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in conflicts since our nation’s founding. Of that number, 622,000 died in the Civil War. It was not until Viet Nam that the number of deaths in all other conflicts combined surpassed the number who gave their lives so that we could figure out who we are as a people and what we stand for as a nation.
The 1939 blockbuster film Gone with the Wind, set near Atlanta, Georgia, is many people’s idea of what life was like for all antebellum Southerners. My Georgia History professor in college used to laugh and say that contrary to popular ideas, most Georgians lived in unpainted dogtrot cabins and eked out a living through subsistence farming. This was especially true in the mountainous areas of the deep South where a man and his sons could till the rocky slopes of their small farms unaided.
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