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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Saturday, April 09, 2005


140 Years Ago Today: the South Surrenders Posted by Hello
Good afternoon to all aboard the blog. This is another one of my unusual additions in that I usually post in the early morning. However, today has been hectic (alot of activities, in fact I just got finished doing a good PT run... I'm still dripping with sweat) but now a lull. Wanted to make a quick post due to the fact that today is a very special day in military history and, even more so, in American history (and world history, for that matter). You see I'm a bit of a Civil war buff (probably better characterized as a Civil War nerd)...I simply love the history and military tactics/strategies of the Civil War. But, you have to understand that it is not at all uncommon for armed forces personnel (both officer and enlisted) to have a penchant for the history of warfare and warfighting; this is ESPECIALLY the case with Marines. All Marines (by their very nature) are students of warfare, the military sciences and military history all together (be advised: this applies to liberal and conservative Marines alike). I have also found in my experience that every Marine has their favorite subject (or, "jones", http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19961031) in terms of the history of war (i.e., some jarheads are nuts about the American Revolution, while others are absolutely bonkers for the Crimean War, while still others can't get enough information about the British-Zulu Wars of the late 19th century or the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, etc.). Generally, though, leathernecks fall into one of three categories when it comes to warfare study: jarheads that are either nuts about World War II (with the primary focus being the Pacific Theater, of course), jarheads that are nuts about Vietnam (particularly, Operation Hastings, all operations during and post-Tet Offensive with alot of emphasis on Operation Dewey Canyon and everything Force Recon related) or jarheads that are nuts about the Civil War...I fall into the latter category. I've visited a few Civil War battlefields (Petersburg, the Shenandoah Valley campaign area of operations, Brownsville, etc.), but I really haven't scratched the surface yet when it comes to battlefield visits. By the way, the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia is breathtakingly beautiful...I'm talking jawdropping! When I first saw it, I couldn't believe how gorgeous it was but I did better appreciate why the Confederates were so desperate to keep it for themselves (of course, Union cavalry commander General Phil Sheridan squashed those hopes when he slammed the door on it for all time by destroying Confederate General Jubal Early's forces in October 1864). I'm hoping to one day visit all of the big Civil War battlefields, i.e., Gettysburg, Fredricksburg (although Fredricksburg was a Confederate victory, visiting Marye's Heights where over 90,000 Union troops assaulted and gave their all to no avail is something that must be seen http://www.nps.gov/frsp/maryehts.htm), Antietam, etc. Sorry, I'm getting carried away, forgive me. Again, this day is an important day because 140 years ago today General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant and the combined Grand Armies of the Republic (the Army of the Potomac, the Army of the James, the Army of the Ohio, etc.) at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia (http://www.appomattox.com/html/reenactment.html) and ending the bloodiest four years America has ever known (http://www.civilwar.com/timebot.htm). Of course, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's Army of the Tennessee had not surrendered, still "hoping against hope" and in-action in and around the Carolina's (Johnston would later surrender his army to General Sherman at Durham, North Carolina on 2 May 1865 ). However, Johnston's forces paled when compared to the Army of Northern Virginia which was, in fact, the Confederacy's "flagship" battle organization (the best the South had to offer, the largest army, the best trained, and best equipped). With the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered, it was understood that the South (now "de-fanged", if you will) could no longer prosecute war against the Union. Thus the war, for all intents and purposes, was over. The actual surrender ceremonies for the Army of Northern Virginia (the rebels stacking of arms, furling their flags forever, saying their farewells, etc.) did not take place until 3 days later on 12 April 1865, as the picture above illustrates. However, this day of 9 April 1865 is the day the Southern aggression against the principles of the Union came to an end at a little hamlet, in a piece of corner of Virginia known as Appomattox Courthouse. We must never forget the sacrifices that were made by so many to maintain this Union. In closing, it is a good day...a sad day for Confederates and Confederate sympathizers, but a good day for us "Union-ites". And, to all the Republican/conservative trolls out there: you all don't have the monopoly on warfare study...there definitely ARE Democrats that love the study of warfare, take the study of warfare seriously and that work very hard and diligently to possess an encyclopedic amount of information on the subject matter...take that parcel of information for what it's worth. Semper Fidelis

2 Comments:

Blogger Gothamimage said...

America during and after the Civil War was so exciting that sometimes I just quake with excitment reading about it.

For what it's worth, I have ancestors who fought at Gettysburg for the Union.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Gothamimage said...

Many of the troll-right study not 'warfare,' but rather it's derivative aesthetic. What I mean, is that once war fades into past, all we are left with are the results and the image. The gore and purpose become an abstraction. In a similar way, the troll-right looks at figures from a American history and all the see is the antique "heritage' quality of the oil panting, the the tricon hats, cockade, and frockcoats- thus, they co-opt liberal figures like Tom Paines and Jefferson, etc

There must be a psycholgy behind this. Ofcourse, most of the patriots during and around the Am. Rev, would not stop vomiting if they were alive today to hear right wing radio slobs invoke their legacy.

Also, just because I am for the Union, does not mean that I think Robert E. Lee was not a great man. Great, first of all, is a quantitave concept as much as it is qualitative. But many of the troll right assume that if you are for the Union , then you HATE the confeds, or if you vote against Bush, you hate 'Murica.

Something degenerative is goin on.

A hundred years from now, future troll-rightists will look at 5.0 jpegs of Ralph Nader and they will claim him as a right winger.

I digress.

12:20 PM  

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