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Happy Anniversary to Us – One Year and a Look to the Future

Today marks the one year anniversary of This Cruel War, and I thought I'd take the time to reflect a bit. It's not often that I get to talk plainly and without footnotes. ((Who am I kidding? Of course there will be footnotes!)) A Glance Back This blog started because of the

Not a Rebel Flag Among Them – The KKK’s 1925 March on Washington

During the debate over whether South Carolina should remove the Confederate Battle Flag from public grounds, a meme was passed around via social media showing a KKK march on Washington DC with literally scores of United States flags everywhere. “Look at all those Confederate Flags!” it sarcastically proclaimed. If the Confederate Battle Flag is such a racist symbol, why wasn’t the KKK flying it? Only the United States flag was used – why was that? To find the answers, we have to explore the post-war history of the Confederate Flag, as well as the Klan.

The Politically Correct Origins of the Confederate Battle Flag

“It avoided the religious objection about the cross (from the Jews and many Protestant sects),” William Porcher Miles explained to P.G.T. Beauregard in August of 1861, “because it did not stand out so conspicuously as if the cross had been placed upright thus.”

Confederates Bring “A Regular Slave Hunt” to Pennsylvania

As General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army marched north into Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863, not only did they round up supplies and livestock, they also kidnapped scores of free black citizens from several towns in the southern counties of the state. While many black families fled north in

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