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Could The American Civil War 1862-1865__ Avoided with a Bettter Option to Memory of Suffering

Updated on January 27, 2013

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I know an old lady in Northern Virginia who told me an amazing story of one of her Civil War ancestor,. Her Great Grandfather who was a Confederate General fought in the American Civil War.

When the general died he was buried on back of his dead horse at his hometown Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, After the war, his kinsmen and the people of his community decided to erect a statue to remember him. This statue is the portrait of the General on horseback facing South with his back to the North.

I haven't yet gone to Old Town Alexandria to see this statue, but I understand it's still here as of this day. It's an eerie feeling for me that this lady, still alive as of the day I spoke to her recently, has a living memory of her childhood about the Civil War, At the age of nine, growing up in Washington DC somewhere in the late 20's. Her memory is this, on the Veteran's Day parade, she saw a truck full of the last surviving American Civil War Veterans participated in that Veterans Day Memorial Day Parade . They waved at the crowd who came to see this parade, wearing their respective uniforms, Blue and Grey. The last living chapter of "Brother Against Brother" in America !

In my community tv show, "Our Family Origins", in the last episode of "Abraham Lincoln, Guardian of our Trial By Fire", a fellow community tv producer and my friend, John Monsul, and I debated briefly the topic "Could The American Civil War Avoided ?".

The topic of Civil War is new for me. As a first generation immigrant to America who came here at a young age with parents, I did not grow up with a family story. In fact, in my education that encompasses engineering and business, knowledge of the civil war or even American history was very important as such other than as a modest side interest.

But, as a part of doing my community tv show here in Northern Virginia, "Our Family Origins", and having visited some of the war memorials as a prelude to an episode, "My Memory Book Virginia 1864", I began to realize the enormity of the sacrifice, pain and suffering for ordinary people who lived through that war, ie, the generation of great grandparents of many who are alive today.

Over 100,000 soldiers, yanks and rebs, from every state who participated in that war, North and the South, mostly buried in Virginia still, in that final military campaign, crossing the Potomac River to Northern Virginia to Petersburg, Virginia as the last stronghold of Confederate resistance before Richmond fell.

It's story of enormous suffering, anguish and pain to America families of that era. This realization led me to investigate this question I pose today for your referendum, "Could The American Civil War Avoided ?"


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Thanks for the thougtful comments. Memory of the Civil War is important to link past, present and future in America. 100,000 fighting men, both North and South, some of them children, still lay buried here in Virginia, mostly due to Virginia 1864. Hallowed Ground USA.

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.

Marcus Tullius Cicero


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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      My answer is "I don't know" because the tension between North and South was increased to the point to which the calm and logic, and rational were hard to obtain. I'll feature your lens in my 2 Civil War lenses.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      You know, I actually walked around the bloodiest battlefield of the Civil War ... it's at Olustee, Florida. There is a lot we can learn from studying that war.