Fellow WBTS blogger and author, Michael Hardy, recently posted some interesting comments on his blog, North Carolina and the Civil War. In his post, "Why Don't They Get It?" - Michael raises some questions about the different "interpretations" of the war and refers to historian Gary Gallagher's 4 distinctions in a recent Civil War Times piece: "the Emancipation Cause, the Lost Cause, the Reconciliation Cause, and the Union Cause."
Michael quotes Gallagher's observation: “the Union Cause is the least appreciated of the four great traditions. It is dismissed as unworthy, of great sacrifice by many historians and is virtually absent in the popular understanding of the war.”
Michael focuses his comments and raises questions, specifically, about the Emancipation Cause vs. the Union Cause and points out that the emancipation of slaves was not foremost in the minds of Union soldiers:
"If emancipation was what the soldiers themselves saw as paramount, would it not have appeared on their monuments?"
So often we see academics (mostly Northerners) psychoanalyze Confederate monuments. It's interesting to see someone raise similar interpretation and "memory" questions regarding Union monuments.
There's much more to his post and you can read the rest of Michael's comments here.