That was the question posed on CNN. Were Confederate Soldiers terrorist? I could not believe what I saw. It's on the website. How dare they?!! I would think it would be a lesson in futility asking them if WT Sherman was a terrorist. They'd never get the connection. It would 747 them.
Sadly, it may well be that we are seeing the last of those who would take the time to remember and honor our ancestors. I've gone to graveyards dragging my 3 and later my grands just for the purpose of showing them where there ancestors are resting. I made a point of explaining the symbol on the headstone and explaining what they did. They have printed information on all I have researched so far. What they do with it when I'm gone is a big question. I hope, for their sake, they do carry on and take the time to remember we are from some very honorable stock and pass it on to their children. We do have some very brave ancestors blood in our veins. We are of the South and no one can take that away from us as long as we remember it. Once it's put away in some back corner of the brain, it's pretty much gone.
I'm seeing some hope in the newer textbooks though. There are mentions of other reasons besides slavery as a possible cause. That is big. We've not had that before. Elementary kids are reading library books on their own that are on the Civil War. The few in our school library I've read are good starters. The points are pretty even for both sides. That's the best we can hope for and better than we've had before.
As a child, my Grandmother was very active in the Navy Mother's Club. I always had to go with her to pass out Poppies on Poppie Day. She explained why we did that to me but it wasn't until I was older and had the history lessons on the World Wars that I 'got' what she was doing. She also placed Confederate Flags on graves at Barrancas along with some of the other club members. That Grandmother was from New York. My Grandfather was from Georgia and he had a passle of Rebs in the tree. She honored them for the same reason we do. They deserved to be remembered.
I keep thinking of the old Rebel postcard, glass, ashtray tourist things that had the phrase, "Hell No, We Ain't Fergittn". I believe that should be our motto now. It's gone past the nice, ladylike phase, we have to understand, we're in survival mode.