I enjoy discovering and understanding words almost as much as I enjoy history. Every couple of weeks or so, we'll pause to explore a particular word or phrase. Sometimes it'll be one we come across on a daily basis, other times it might be something rarely spoken whose meaning is
There several different stories concerning William T. Thompson and his supposed role in creating or designing the Confederate Flag. Most declare that he was the "creator of the Confederate Flag." Some, with a touch more accuracy, claim that he was the "designer of a Confederate Flag." However, they fail to mention
As April has been proclaimed to be "Confederate Heritage Month," we at This Cruel War wish to observe it from the perspective of history. We will begin this exploration by delving into Confederate President Jefferson Davis' repulsion of even the thought of black United States troops - a practice that
Earlier this year, at the behest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the State of Mississippi declared April to be Confederate Heritage Month. “It is important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past,” read the proclamation, “to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to
This Cruel War is a blog dedicated to studying the Civil War, it’s causes and repercussions. While these “repercussions” are generally noted as events taking place during Reconstruction or the Jim Crow era, in actuality, the repercussions of the Civil War are still being felt today. From the debate over
This Cruel War is a blog dedicated to studying the Civil War, it's causes and repercussions. While these "repercussions" are generally noted as events taking place during Reconstruction or the Jim Crow era, in actuality, the repercussions of the Civil War are still being felt today. From the debate over
It is the rallying cry heard from pro-Confederate activists all across the country - "Heritage, Not Hate!" With its steadfast persistence, one might be tempted to believe that it originated immediately after the Civil War, or perhaps during the Lost Cause era, the Centennial or even the Civil Rights movement.