How do we commemorate the Civil War (the War Between the States, or the War of Northern Aggression) without calling it a celebration? In all the history of the United States, it has to be a most important happening, though obviously a major tragedy. With the 150th anniversary of its beginning coming up in April, many of us think we cannot ignore its unfolding combination of divided loyalties and heroism. Indeed, many Historical Society members have ancestors who fought on both sides. The aftermath of the war and also of Reconstruction left many in the South quite destitute. Our Confederate monument’s centennial commemoration brought this to mind this past year. Any suggestions?
President, Union County Historical Society