A Culture War Over the Civil War

We’re re-fighting the Civil War again, 150 years since it ended. This isn’t the first time that’s happened.

Did the Union win the Civil War?

I’d like to think so. I mean, that’s what I learned in school. I’m pretty sure I’m a free person and not a slave. I never heard anything about the Confederacy winning at Gettysburg.

Our history books tell us that the Civil War ended on April 9, 1865 when Robert E. Lee, the General of the Confederate forces surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, the General of the Union Army at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The Confederacy, the breakaway nation created when 11 states in the South decided to secede over slavery, was thankfully no more.

And yet, 155 years after the war, I keep hearing about the Confederacy over and over. 

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