It’s been 150 years since the brave soldiers of the Union Army fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, and some news reports speak of how people are becoming very emotional at the scene of the reenactment. It seems, however, that all of those articles are about people mourning the loss of Confederate, not Union, soldiers. Folks, it’s time to move on.
The South is still fighting the Civil War, and Southerners are still unhappy that they lost. They call it “The War of Northern Aggression,” a ridiculous attempt to make it sound as though they were, and remain, the victims.
Down South, residents still fly Confederate flags proudly, and erect statues of Confederate generals in town squares. It’s enough to make any Northern soul want to get the hell out of town and back to the land of the sane and rational; that is, the soil above the Mason-Dixon Line.
The Civil War was about slavery, and no matter how much Southerners will say differently, there’s no denying history. What they really should be mourning is the bitterness and ugliness of slavery, not the soldiers who fought on the wrong side of the war.
Yes, it was the wrong side, and no amount of revisionist prattle will change that. Those who cry over Confederate soldiers cry because they can’t escape their own underlying racism. The old saying goes “time heals all wounds,” and if most folks can recover from the loss of a loved one within a few years, surely 150 years should be enough time to heal from the loss of Confederate soldiers that were known to no one who lives today.
It’s not the Confederate soldiers they’re really crying over; it’s their own sense of loss of control. They speak of “state’s rights” but what they really mean is the right to own slaves. Their pity would be much better directed by learning how to open their minds and expand their way of thinking rather than boo-hooing over someone they’ve never even met.
It would be quite a rarity indeed to find a born-and-bred Northerner sobbing over the losses sustained by the Confederacy. Perhaps there are some Yankees who would defect to the side of the Grey, but their lot is quite small and most probably very narrow-minded. Most Northerners feel elated at the scene of the battle, not sad.
Do not stand at the graves of Confederate soldiers and weep. Doing so disrespects the ground on which you stand. That ground saw victory for the right side, the side fighting for freedom. Instead of crying, teach your children to love all people and rejoice that the liberties we all enjoy were won by those who believed in the Union- the United States of America.
Getting emotional over the Battle of Gettysburg is understandable if that emotion is born from happiness for the land that we now share, but for those lamenting the Confederates who died while battling on the wrong side; it’s truly time to move on.
By: Rebecca Savastio