Five Best: Books on the Confederates’ Lost Cause – WSJ

“Anglo Saxon.” 🙂

«The False Cause

By Adam H. Domby (2020)

4. At the unveiling of a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina in 1913, the former rebel Julian Carr spoke of “what the Confederate soldier meant to the welfare of the Anglo Saxon race during the four years immediately succeeding the war.” He also recalled the time he “horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady.” The monument—known locally as Silent Sam—was toppled by the university’s students in 2018. Adam Domby illustrates how Lost Cause memorialization in North Carolina in the late 19th and 20th centuries was not merely nostalgia: It was “a crucial rhetorical tool for white North Carolinians in their efforts to justify segregation, disenfranchisement, and racial discrimination.” This perhaps explains why Lost Cause believers have been compelled to attribute exceptional powers to the rebel soldier. Mr. Domby points out that “surrender, desertion, retreat, cowardice, and defeat” were in fact serious problems in the Confederate army. Yet the notion of Confederate military superiority—a view historians today challenge—still prevails in popular accounts of the war.»

Can’t remember who I got this from on Twitter, and now it’s refreshed, and that twig is way past me on the river on its way to the sea.

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