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My source for this week is from the Culpeper Star Exponent.  This weekend the town held its Remembrance Days’ events of the Civil War. Some of the events included tours of the Museum of Culpeper History, the Little Fork Church, and the Graffiti house. This gives an interesting perspective about how small southern towns remember the Civil War.


I found another resource on the Civil War from the CNN website. Interesting article about how America is still divided on the Civil War.

So, this website is pretty cool. It has a lot of different things going on. There are pages where you can find recipes during this era, a discussion board, links to a plethora of Civil War blogs, and a link of short biographies of Civil War soldiers and officers. Of course the site also has Civil War games and an online gift shop-which only sells book, however.

This is Tony Horwitz’s website. I thought it was appropriate since he is the author of this week’s major reading, Confederates in the Attic. On the site are pages where you can see other books he has written, his appearances, and his bio.

Of course I found this after I finished my paper but this is a pretty good resource about the Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg. It is a video from the 143rd observance that took place on Memorial Day 2009 at the Confederate Cemetery here in town. Members of the association were present as well as many other spectators and members of the community.

Movie Blog

Cold Mountain is the story of a man named Inman (Jude Law) and his journey back to Cold Mountain, North Carolina during the latter days of the Civil War (around 1864). The movie begins in 1864 with the Siege of Petersburg. Inman is shot and put up in the infirmary. The remainder of the movie switches back and forth between the present (from the time Inman is shot and decides to leave the war and head back home) and the past (when Inman is first introduced to Ada (Nicole Kidman)).

When Inman and Ada first meet (1861), Ada has just arrived in Cold Mountain with her father, Reverend Monroe. Ada and Inman fall for each other right away and for three years they write each other waiting for the end of the war.

While Inman journeys back home after being shot, Ada’s father eventually dies which leaves her to tend to the house alone. She struggles at first but a lady named Sally and her husband start to look after Ada. Ruby Thewes (Renee Zellweger) eventually shows up to help Ada care for the farm. Meanwhile, a man named Teague and his gang of bullies become the “law” of the town. He declares that a soldier who deserts the war or a civilian who hides a deserter is treason. Teague eventually kills Sally’s husband and two sons for hiding their sons who left the war. Inman finally reachs Ada in the end and after a reunion he is shot trying to defend Ruby and Ada. The story ends with Ada’s daughter from Inman, Ada, and her friends enjoying the peace the end of the war has brought.

The movie Cold Mountain was made in 2003 and based off the novel by Charles Frazier. The movie focuses on interesting aspects of the war outside of the warzone. The majority of it revolves around one woman’s struggle to regain some sense of normality after most of her world has crumbled apart due to the Civil War. The story also relates the tales of a soldier’s struggle to return home after fleeing, how civilians struggled to stay alive during the war in the South, and how soldiers who fled the war and those who took them in were treated by the law. I think this movie creates a perspective that is too often left out of Civil War memory. McPherson and Cooper discuss how, in the 1980s, the social aspects of the war began to be part of the discussion of the Civil War and how the war is remembered (McPherson and Cooper 2000, 6). This movie tells the rare stories of women’s experiences during the war, how they coped with the loss of their men, how they managed their homes and families, and their opinions about the war. The movie also discusses the price to pay for deserting the war and the consequences for hiding a deserter. I think it’s important that people view sources, movies, literature etc. such as this because these stories were integral components of the war experience for soldiers and civilians, particularly women. Audiences are able to broaden their understanding and knowledge of the war through a source such as this that expands beyond just military tactics or solely the experiences of soldiers fighting in the war.

This resource about Gettysburg includes a perspective of a young girl who was at Gettysburg. Tillie Pierce was 13 when the war started and attending a school at the time the battle began. She witnessed the whole battle and published her account 26 years later.

This site actually features a coin from the Civil War Centennial in 1961-1965. I thought it was an interesting commemorative coin. Especially because the coin has both Lee and Grant displayed on it. The writing on the outside of it states, “Let us Have Peace. Consciousness of Duty Faithfully Performed.”

I was a little surprised to come upon this site. It is actually a site dedicated to burning the confederate flag. This ritual is done every year on September 12 when the Tea Party holds its annual hate fest. Supporters of this day are fighting to end racial prejudice which, according the the website, is too often exploited for political gain.

This is a link to the first few lines of Carl Sandburg’s poem The People, Yes. This poem is actually a 300 page poem. He includes his heroic conception of history and politics.

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