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Thursday, April 14, 2011

One Hundred Fifty years since the start of the Civil War in the USA and still the feelings are there.....

    As a history student with interest in the Civil War era this is a topic I know well. While being with my dad at a stamp show years ago someone was selling envelopes from the era. I fingered through them and stopped at a letter addressed to the Commanding General o the Army of the Potomac, Washington,D.C. I looked with amazement as it was sent April 9th 1861 a few days before the Civil War started in South Carolina at Fort Sumter. File:Sumter.jpg
(Currier and Ives)
I bought the envelop with glee as I had discovered something the seller had overlooked. If this was in fact from Fort Sumter it could have been one of the last letters of information from Major Robert Anderson. When I got home I looked closer at the Envelope and on the back was a wax seal with  a clear "R.A" I researched the envelope and discovered that  the letter from the envelope was in the Library of congress and that in fact this envelope contained the last letter from Robert Anderson and it was also captured by the Confederate Army Under General Beauregard. A prize possession that just turned 150 year in my hands. As a teacher of history I used to tell my students that it was not all that long ago!
     Well living in Durham N.C. out of my element as I am from Connecticut the papers today said he feeling though weathered is still there. A Sen. of the state was trying to get a Governor that served after the Civil War cleared of charges and ouster for a relation of a friend! This man had been a Democrat turned Republican and had gone after the KKK!!! A deal that caused a great deal of conflict and in some way ended in helping the KKK. The State Sen. thought that this was going to be an easy task with a newly elected Republican Senate in N.C. the first since 1880's! Well no! Papers appeared to the Senators outlining what was wrong with this attempt to clear a man more than 100 years later...and  so the war might be over but the feelings are still there

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