01 July 2016

More Asinine Political Correctness Regarding the American Civil War

As some Civil War bloggers continue to deny the reality of political correctness (hard to criticize that which you're cozy with, isn't it?), here's the latest reality check:


Pa. lawmaker questions use of Confederate flags in battle reenactments

I would have to assume we will soon see sit in protests against the use of muskets as well, since that could lead to gun violence? I have an idea. Replace the Confederate flag with a smiley face flag. No, wait, that will offend  sad people. My, my, my; how complicated life is in the world of political correctness.

Thank you moral reformers.

More here.


Fred said...

I refer you to Dr. Christine Helms paper, "Stateless Nations and Nationless States".
"Our vision of the past channels our vision of the future by constraining options, but also it plays a proactive role. This memory "is actually a very important factor in struggle.... If one controls people's memory, one controls their dynamism ... It is vital to have possession of this memory, to control it, to administer it, tell it what it must contain.''2 Collective memory is the toolshed, tomorrow's ideological arsenal, from which political concepts and sym- bols are selected, reinterpreted, and manipulated both by established governments and opposition groups."

That is what the far left is trying to do with all the PCness in Academia and elsewhere. Control our collective memory.

Phil said...

I can imagine Brooks Simpson and Kevin Levin educating a Rebel re-enactor with their toasts at a banquet following the Gettysburg reenactment.

Kevin Levin: "To the Crossroads blog, which is the sun that radiates light to all corners of Civil War education."

Brooks Simpson: "To the Civil War Memory blog, which is the moon that regulates the tides of Civil War interpretation."

Re-enactor: "To the Old Virginia blog, which is the Joshua that told the sun and the moon to stand still, and they stood still."

Reading Through History said...

What are they supposed to do? Stop in the middle of Pickett's Charge and walk up to the spectators and tell Vanessa Lowery Brown's version of history? That wouldn't be very historically accurate.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...



Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


"If one controls people's memory, one controls their dynamism ... It is vital to have possession of this memory, to control it, to administer it, tell it what it must contain."

Exactly. Thanks for sharing. This is the real motivation behind the effort to remove monuments and add "interpretative plaques."

Mark Snell said...

The well-known popular historian Bruce Catton remarked that re-enactments “require us to reproduce, for the enjoyment of attendant spectators, a thin-shadow picture of something which involved death and agony for the original participants.” The Executive Director of the Civil War Centennial Commission, a then-young historian named Bud Robertson, commented that “reenactments possess too much celebrative spirit and too little commemorative reverence. This soldier playing mocks the dead.”

And Phil: I would not presume to put words in Brooks's or Kevin's mouths. I have no idea how they feel about the use of flags at reenactments (as opposed to displaying them in "living history" presentations), and I have known both of them for a long time.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I've been to one reenactment in my life. Frankly, I find them boring. That being said, the point of the post is the absurdity of suggesting that the CBF at reenactments is somehow inappropriate.