Snooze and the Gray | Interestingly, South Carolina chose to observe the 150th anniversary of April 12, 1861, the first shot of the American Civil War on April 9, 2011, the 146th anniversary of the Confederates' surrender. Here a Confederate re-enactor - hell, is there any other left? - takes a nap during South Carolina's observance of the date. (Photo: Richard Ellis, Getty Images)More »
My home county had a needlessly ginned-up controversy about flying the Confederate flag over the courthouse about 15 years ago. The usual clichés were in play until someone stepped in and reminded the sons of cousins of neighbors of Confederate whatevers that, if they kindly looked in their family Bibles, they'd understand the area was almost entirely Union sympathetic. Why we still fight this war, I'll never know. – Owen Good
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