~ Gary W. Gallagher writing in his 1997 assessment of the South's war effort: The Confederate War.
Why is that? I've read many criticisms of those who DO have a direct connection, and write about it. Why, then, would a respected historian admit to "desperately" wanting that connection. Hmmm . . . Some (and I'm not talking about Gallagher here) historians are so arrogant, lacking in humility, and so detest the values of the past that they're happy not to have any connection. Others who criticize those who do have a connection seem to actually be harboring envy and resentment. And then there are those who do have a connection to the past, feel guilty about it, and attempt to "redeem" themselves by beating up their dead ancestors; especially if they're Southerners.
"It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors." ~ Plutarch, 'Morals,' 100 A.D. Greek biographer & moralist (46 AD - 120 AD)