Group Members' ResumesThere are three of us now, so let us communicate with one another and see if we can't get a good Civil War (I.e., War to Prevent Southern Independence) discussion going and...

Group Members' Resumes

There are three of us now, so let us communicate with one another and see if we can't get a good Civil War (I.e., War to Prevent Southern Independence) discussion going and maybe thereby attract some more members, or at least give some edification (Is that the right word?) to ourselves.

I will start with a bit about myself.  I am a 60-year-old sometimes teacher, currently motel clerk, and full-time professional Southerner since ca. 1990.  I have had a number of history courses, only one of which touched on the War; it was "American Military History."  I have read several books about the War.

I live in rural, southwestern NC.

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geosc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have visited Fredericksburg several times and Sharpsburg and New Market once each.  I wrote a paper once for which I had to do a bit of research on Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg, The Crater (maybe a couple of others, it was a long time ago that I wrote the paper), and on Point Lookout P.O.W. Camp.

There is nothing that humans have anything to do with that is all good.  We have to judge human actions by whether the good or the bad outweighed the other.  Especially in war is it true that neither side of the action is all right or all wrong, but the South was mostly right.

I am going to start a discussion topic on WBTS fiction.  I can't contribute much to it but Anthonda49 can.

And I think I will start a discussion topic on the war-fighting of the WBTS; bullgatortail can contribute to that.

Personally, politics and government interest me more than war-fighting, though I do have an interest in the Confederate soldier, his dress, his character, his education, his culture.

anthonda49 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hello-We Southerners prefer to call it the War of Northern Aggression (just kidding). My husband is a Civil War enthusiast who has dragged me to many Civil War sites. His ancestors fought on the side of the Union. I am a retired teacher of history and language arts. I enjoy reading fictional accounts of events in the Civil War. In graduate school, I took a course on the Civil War and gave a presentation on Andersonville, which is down the road a piece from where I live in Newnan, GA. Though I do like the history of the war, I don't get caught up in all the battle strategies. Newnan, GA escaped the burning of Atlanta because we were a hospital town. Sherman is a man I love to hate.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm a Civil War buff and an English teacher. I've visited many battlefields and even took a vacation once to strictly visit parks in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. I've been to Gettysburg and Antietam--both fantastic. Also, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Richmond, Appomattox, Andersonville, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Chickamauga, Olustee and many more. I have a large library of Civil War lit and have read most of them. Being a Son of the South, I'm a long-time Confederate sympathizer and am sure that had Stonewall lived... 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hi --

I live in rural, central Washington.  I have been a high school and community college teacher.  Never been a Southerner.

I'm not the biggest Civil War fan in the sense that you're not going to catch me out doing any reenacting or arguing over what General X should have done at Place Y.

But I am very interested in the war as such an important part of our history.