. . . the Boys in Gray with an editorial in yesterday's Baltimore Sun advocating for uniformed Confederate reenactors to participate in a parade. So who's being divisive? Here are a few excerpts:
"We rarely hear of the Army's 29th Division, the aptly named Blue and Gray Division whose members came from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia — and in particular, the 116th Regiment of that Division who in World War II went ashore in the first wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day, suffering frightful losses (Company A was decimated, with 96 percent casualties). Yet it is the 116th that heralds directly from another command — a Confederate command, Thomas Jonathan Jackson's legendary Stonewall Brigade."
And . . .
"It is not too late to invite the Boys in Gray to join the Boys in Blue for the Grand Procession up Pratt Street on Saturday. Make your own bit of history, Baltimore. Show the world in this moving, poignant example that America is indeed one, commemorating our tragic past but at the same time demonstrating that despite our differences and diversities, we have indeed 'bound up the nation's wounds.'"
Read the complete piece here.
Historian Gregg Clemmer lives in North Potomac and is the author of two works on the civil war, "Valor in Gray: The Recipients of the Confederate Medal of Honor" and "Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson."