The Civil War Sesquicentennial: A French View

Lest you think that only Americans are interested in the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, this discussion board shows that other folks are interested in it as well.

Please don’t burden me with stories that you hate French, that you can’t read it, or that you were so glad when you no longer had to take French class.  That’s what Google’s translation function is for.  🙂

8 thoughts on “The Civil War Sesquicentennial: A French View

  1. James F. Epperson January 5, 2011 / 5:19 am

    Oh. My. God.

    Given my personal knowledge of Civil War interest in Germany (Wolfgang Hochbruck in Stuttgart) plus the wonderful existence of Drax in Croatia, one should not be surprised.

  2. Scott MacKenzie January 5, 2011 / 6:11 am

    From my limited French, I am horrified by this site. It is very much like a neo-Confederate one from North America. One thread deals with the “peaux-rouges chez les Gris” or “Redskins fighting for the Greys (Confederates). Yikes. I cannot tell if they discuss “Black Confederates”. Even entering the word “esclave” (slave) reveals little.

    This is why we must fight the neo-Confederates – they distort the history of the war for the entire world.

    • ailliot January 10, 2011 / 9:12 am

      Sir, I’m the administrator of the french ACW forum , I’m very surprised to read your comment : “neo confederates ” ??? because we speak about indians in the Confederacy (and the Union of course) ??? or the question of blacks in Confederate ranks ? that’s the only subjects you’re interested by ??? well sir, you’re right on one point : your limited, very limited , French !!!

      • Carl W. Roden February 20, 2011 / 12:11 am

        Its the only drum Deniers only have to beat.

  3. Matt McKeon January 5, 2011 / 3:08 pm

    Where did you find this?!

    • Marzuola January 6, 2011 / 4:11 am

      Hi folks,

      I’m Adrien, member of the French discussion board about ACW,
      I’m a progressive reenactor too. Member of the No Casino Gettysburg Network,
      Would be surprised seeing french folks doing Civil War reenactment. That’s a way of life but also for most of us a love story dealing with a so interesting part of the American History.
      We read a lot. take a look at, visit us, don’t be shy!!! You can easily write in english.
      Our discussion board is known because of several members posting every days.
      Will be a pleasure to read you.
      Thanx for posting
      Best regards


  4. Chantal January 5, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    Mr Simpson,
    I’m a visitor of your blog since the beginning. I was very surprised to see a link to my favorite forum! We are forming a nice community. We have members from France, Belgium, United States, Poland and even Canada (Quebec province)!!

  5. Greg January 10, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    Hi folks !

    I’m a forumist from CCFF’s. We are a wide bunch of nice american history lovers there, just trying not to be treachers toward what is “just” american history for us but living heritage for you. So we are totally conscious that we have to make all what we can in order to respect this (your) history.

    The reasons why we are interested into your civil war are quite different but as it is not our history, it’s without passions or family background (actually some french have a family background linked to the ACW but that’s peanuts). Though I’m a great admirator of Honest Abe and interested into Admiral Dahlgren’s life, I’m rather interested -as a reenactor- into the confederate state navy. Perhaps because the CSS Alabama remains not far from my home, perhaps because as a child I watched the announce of her discovery in live on TV in 1989, perhaps because some of the most famous youth Cartoons in France deal with your civil War : Lt. Blueberry, Sgt Mac Coy, the blue tunics and so on… (Yes very FARBy but nevermind that’s childhood ! )

    I don’t think that there are some neoconfederate among us. France abolished slavery at last in 1849 and Victor Schoelcher the deputy who succeeded into this abolition is considered as a national hero by all the Frenches nowadays.

    So yes, we debate of the presence of amerindian troops into the confederacy and also if some black people enlisted or not into the confederate army. Answers are not so clear all the times… But we are far from direct information sources. So we try to be careful and to cross the contents of the articles. We also try to know about the intentions of the authors. To be “neoconfederate” today in France would be meaningless. It’s just sometimes difficult to compare informations so we discuss a lot in order to find an historical truth as far as we can.

    Globally, it’s a nice place with some very serious people. I learnt a lot with them. I fell in love with the american history in 1992 when I came back from some vacations in the NY state. But I have no political or ideological ambitions about your history because I’m just not american. I’m just an american history lover among a bunch of ACW “freaks” enjoying reenacting in France.

    Live long and prosper

    Greg :

    PS : I’m also a late roman reenactor in a group called Letavia and I sometimes watch some texan or californian roman reenactors, that’s an odd feeling for me to see some roman legionnaries in the desert among cactus. So I can understand your feelings when you see us reenacting ACW or amerindians in Europe. But so we are : American history enthusiats !

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