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Discussion in 'Happy Hour' started by werewolf, Jan 16, 2017.
Commonwealth of Virginia still honors Lee & Jackson holiday on the Friday before MLK Monday..
Both men were certified giants in Virginia history & esteem until about the early 90s..
There's been so much Southern capitulation to cultural-Marxist pressure, even Richmond's former Museum of the Confederacy recently changed it's name to a generic, appeasing name: American Civil War museum (or something like that). It still showcases the White House of the Confederacy, but..
My understanding is that Jackson was initially the bigger hero in the South, before Lee really rose to prominence. Following the war Jubal Early's (et al) advocacy for Lee, is what ultimately made Lee the bigger hero (unfortunately & unfairly at the expense of Longstreet). I'm a big Jackson guy; he was one of the most successful underdogs of the war. And will remain immortalized (if not loved anymore), for his fighting in Northwest Virginia..
That's what Alexander Hunter said in his book Johnny Reb Billy Yank. He said that if General Jackson had lived the South would have won the war. He also loved General Robert E Lee. He was, however, contemptuous of Early. Amazing true life story. Hunter was in the thick of it for the whole war, and he escaped Yankee prison camps several times.
TRUE heros and REAL men (of the highest order).
Longstreet unfortunately tarnished his wartime achievements by turning against the South and even commanding black troops against his fellow White Southerners under the Reconstruction Occupation Government.
That's why there's no "Longstreet Day"...at least down south here. ;-)
John Mosby, arguably Lee's most effective guerilla, suffered a post-War fate similar to Longstreet. Following the War, Mosby allied himself with Grant & Republicans, and eventually became a Federal employee. Mosby's Virginia neighbors weren't really understanding. At one point he was shot at, (I think) his childhood home was torched, and Mosby eventually left for DC.
Surprisingly, Mosby's Confederate legacy still fared ok. I know there are still spots around Warrenton & Northwest VA that honor his name.. Mosby Highway, the Mosby Heritage Area (Foundation), some schools & Raider mascots, etc. Been thru that area over the years, in parts it looks like it hasn't changed since the Civil War. It's nice.
RE: Longstreet, he was so vilified by Lee partisans, part of me wonders if some his post-War decisions weren't simply a middle-finger to the other Confederates who were relentlessly dogging him (or is my timeline backwards ?). I feel like Longstreet was unfairly scapegoated for Gettysburg.