Death Notice

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30 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. Noma May 26, 2013 / 8:02 am


  2. Michael C. Lucas May 26, 2013 / 8:18 am

    What a brilliant piece of propaganda and hypocrisy all tied up in one. The broadside demonstrates the sanctimonious religious fervor and boisterous idealism of the Union in the wake of so much bloodshed. Conceived in sin, born in iniquity, nurtured by tyranny… Though it infers blame on the Confederacy. American Academics should reflect more on the larger encompassing questions overall of what and whose sin should be questioned, North as well as South. What and whose iniquity? What and whose tyranny? What Southern sin, iniquity and tyranny was more than any other part of the Unions Republicans, Democrats or global iniquity ruled under the greed of capitalism or mercantilism that manifested it. The authors prose reveling angrily with contemptuous joy in the anguish of fellow Americans, is callous, and which Lincoln and Grant both recognized as being inflammatory and not in the merits of reunification. And yet the play was not yet over as the very physician and undertaker received the comeuppances for the transgressions against the Confederacy in due time. If the Confederacy died then so it had along with what the United States was v. is, and as the nation currently stands it too will likely end, from the same ailment as Jefferson Davis stated “of a theory.”

  3. Betty Giragosian May 26, 2013 / 8:30 am

    Dr. Simpson, This is beneath you. The memory of the Confederacy is still very much alive, as you would discover if you were here in the south tomorrow.. I can see that your blog and the blogs of Levin, Hall and Meyer are not for those with southern hearts. It is almost comical how each one
    sucks on the bones of the “Dead Confederacy.” But then, I guess this is your bread and butter.
    Enjoy it.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 26, 2013 / 9:11 am

      Memory is one thing, existence another. Many things live on in memory after they no longer exist. Moreover, the memory of the American Civil War isn’t restricted to people honoring Confederare ancestors or the Confederates themselves. The post has to do with Union memory, and how these particular people chose to express it. You wouldn’t want me to omit it as a nod to Confederate heritage correctness, would you? That would be a distortion of historical reality.

      • Michael C. Lucas May 26, 2013 / 2:07 pm

        That many things live on in memory is certainly a valid part of historical discussion, just as many things are embellished, distorted in memory and revision as time passes, and as well by those with a political bias and agenda. You say you posted this in reference or regards to Union memory, but why this, and why during memorial day weekend, what brought this on? Your particular bias withstanding, you could have posted it in comparison to the memory of both sides, with other views. There was not just one memory, but thousands and many of which for those of either side of the equation for and against the war, the Union, the Confederacy and various reasons. It speaks volumes in the truth of the circumstances and Union sentiment as well as what I stated in my earlier post. Its history and history is not politically correct, it demonstrates exactly what it needs to. I think every Southerner, and Confederate heritage advocate should embrace it for its worth.

        • Brooks D. Simpson May 26, 2013 / 4:22 pm

          This Memorial Day commemorates those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the United States of America. I believe there is a separate Confederate Memorial Day.

          And that’s a good thing. Try not to impose your sentimental amnesia on the historical record.

          • Michael C. Lucas May 26, 2013 / 5:03 pm

            Dude what sentimental amnesia are you referring to? Be specific.

          • Betty Giragosian May 26, 2013 / 7:15 pm

            Kevin, I know that Mr. Hall lives in Texas. I am sure you do have many southern readers, I am one. I am sure there are outherners who do not share my perspective. They are different from those with southern hearts. Can you understand what I mean? the memory of the Confederacy means nothing to them. Probably they do not care at all how much you all bash the Confederacy. One reason I do read you all,, is that you are able to put in short pants, some of these wild heritage folks. See, not all southerners think alike on this. We are not all alike.

          • Brooks D. Simpson May 27, 2013 / 12:22 am

            May I ask who gets to determine who has a southern heart and what are its characteristics?

          • Betty Giragosian May 26, 2013 / 7:39 pm

            Brooks, there are several Confederate memorial days. In Virginia, we observe Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, when those who served in the Confederacy and all wars of the USA are remembered.
            Sometimes, UDC chapters wil choose to hold a service. General Logan’s wife saw how the southern women decorated the graves of Confederate and Union alike. It was from this custom that Memorial Day was born. It is for Confederates as well as soldiers of all wars. It suits us very well.

          • Andy Hall May 27, 2013 / 10:08 am

            “General Logan’s wife saw how the southern women decorated the graves of Confederate and Union alike. It was from this custom that Memorial Day was born.”

            This sounds like retroactive myth-making. Logan was C-in-C of the Grand Army of the Republic, and his order of May 1868, which was the genesis of Decoration Day/Memorial Day as a nationwide observance, refers to the Confederate cause as “rebellious tyranny in arms,” and the war itself as the “reveille of freedom to a race in chains.” These are not the words of a man reaching across the wall of brotherhood and equanimity to his former opponents in gray, and anyone who believes that the GAR, or the North in general, felt generously toward former Confederates in the years following the war understands neither the historical record, nor human nature.

            It is true that many Southerners participated in Decoration Day activities honoring Union soldiers — Forrest himself encouraged his old comrades to do so — and all credit to them for that. But across the South, Decoration Day continued to be viewed explicitly as a date for remembering and honoring Union casualties of the conflict, while individual states and communities continued to hold similar observances, usually on different dates, for the Confederate dead. This practice continues right down to the present, with every former Confederate state having its own official or semi-official observance, separate and apart from the nationally-celebrated Memorial Day. The Spectator newspaper of Staunton, Virginia in 1884 gives a good example of how these observances were kept explicitly separate in the South for many years after the war:

            NATIONAL DECORATION DAY. — Friday last was National decoration day, which was observed in our city — the Postoffice and Revenue office being closed, besides a parade in the public streets by out colored volunteer companies. Both of the companies made a very creditable appearance, and showed by their many military evolutions that they had gone through the “school of the soldier.”

            Bring flowers to strew on the graves of the Confederate dead on Monday next, June 9th.

            It goes on and on like that, across the South. In Richmond at that same time, there was Decoration Day to remember Union dead, and “Hollywood memorial day” to honor the Confederate dead, both of which were occasions for closing offices i the state Capitol. The Richmond Dispatch of May 31, 1884 was very clear about the events of Decoration Day: “the Blue and the Gray united in doing the work of strewing flowers upon the graves of the Union dead.” Not “Union and Confederate dead”; Union dead.

            Days set aside to remember and honor the dead from the Civil War sprang up across the nation, North and South, independently of each other. And many Southerners, including Confederate veterans, participated in Decoration Day activities in honor of their former enemies. But the idea that Decoration Day, as established by C-in-C Logan of the GAR, was either intended or carried out in practice as an opportunity to honor Union and Confederate dead equally, is simply not borne out by the historical record.

    • Lyle Smith May 26, 2013 / 9:21 am

      Don’t take this post too literally maybe. This blog and others, as all blogs should, should be read in context. Note that Professor Simpson doesn’t say anything about the “death notice”. He’s simply presenting us with an image of a historical document.

      • Betty Giragosian May 26, 2013 / 7:43 pm

        Mr. Smtih, he has the right to post anything he wanst., It is his blog. No reason for him to care what some of his Confederate loving readers think. I guess it is our fault for reading the blog.

    • kevlvn May 26, 2013 / 10:29 am

      “I can see that your blog and the blogs of Levin, Hall and Meyer are not for those with southern hearts.”

      Andy Hall lives in Texas. Do you have any idea how many of my readers live in the South? Think before you assume that everyone holds your particular perspective on the past.

      • Buck Buchanan May 28, 2013 / 2:57 pm

        Reading this in Old Town Petersburg and live east of here in Prince George County Virginia. That makes me one.

  4. Brad May 26, 2013 / 9:36 am

    As a piece from 1865, I’m sure it expresses how many if not most felt in a good part of the country: good riddance. I’m sure the writer would be surprised today by the “nostalgia” for this regime.

  5. SF Walker May 26, 2013 / 10:13 am

    The author of the flyer celebrates the downfall of the Confederate government and its leadership more than anything else, it seems to me. More than a few Southerners felt the same way about the war’s outcome.

    Where did this flyer come from? Was it printed in a newspaper or was it a poster for display in the streets? I’m willling to bet that editorials like this popped up all over the North in the wake of Appomattox. To them, it finally meant the end of long casualty lists, destroyed families, and interrupted lives; and the return home of their loved ones. I’m sure Southerners felt the same relief— along with the hardships that came with defeat and ruin.

  6. John Randolph May 26, 2013 / 11:28 am

    A brilliant piece of work, concisely summing up the moral basis of the Northern cause as it would have been widely understood in 1865 and the years beyond. As with any effective political spin designed for mass consumption, it takes a generally understood and accepted notion that contains some element of truth, but ignores any nuance, complexity or contradictions that would suggest that the North was not 100% on the side of truth, justice and the American way.

  7. Connie Chastain May 26, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    The founders’ federal republic also died. What took its place was a mutation, which continues to mutate horribly to this day.

    Brad, if “good riddance” was what the north was after, they could have accomplished the same thing by letting the South go in peace four years earlier.

  8. Mark May 26, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    It is a very interesting piece of Union historical memory. Some winner’s bravado if you will, after enduring the Southern superiority trash-talk for years and sacrificing so many people to the fight. To those who find the mere sight of it without comment controversial after all these years speaks volumes about the politics of war memory and its continuance.

  9. Bob Huddleston May 26, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    Had the CSA won, I suspect that there would have been similar pieces about the death of the Yankee nation.

  10. neukomment May 26, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    … and the un-repentant Yankee adds, “Amen!”

  11. Jeff Fiddler May 27, 2013 / 11:55 pm

    Nothing like un-reconstructed Confederates. Thanks to Andrew Johnson we couldn’t hang the traitors. Nothing like up-holding a government dedicated to preserving human slavery. Guess the Germans could build a big statute of Hitler, Goering and Goebbels just like the Southerners have all those statutes of Lee, Davis, and the rest.
    Guess you can call me a yankee – abolitionist – radical. But at least I don’t invent history like the story about the “wife of General Logan…”
    Actually the first memorial day is when the black residents of Charleston cleaned and decorated the cemetery for Union pow’s…..

    • Betty Giragosian May 28, 2013 / 7:22 pm

      I saw that posted on facebook. It was a lovely thing that they did, and I do not doubt it for a moment. Now don’t you try to change history. That is what you accuse us of doing. It was Union General Logan’s wife who saw how the southern women decorated the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers, It was from that that Memorial day was founded. We may not be speaking of the same event–re the slaves cleaning the graves–I am speaking of the blacks–they many have been free blacks, I do not know–but lthey reburied some Union soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave.
      The story of General Logan’s wife was not invented. It became a Federal Holiday, how about that?

      You people pound away relentlessly on the love we descendants have for the memory of the Confederacy, and you know something? You have not even made a dent.

      I don’t care if you all think ‘we’ were traitors or not. It just does not matter.

  12. Norm Crosby May 28, 2013 / 5:36 am

    The founders’ federal republic died when Jacksonian ‘democracy’ was instituted in the 1830s and 1840s. Don’t blame its death on the federals in the 1860s. Blame its death on that good southern boy from South Carolina and Tennessee.

  13. MattD June 1, 2013 / 5:43 am

    This broadside is hilarious.

    After 150 years, can you accept that your ancestors fought for a unrighteous cause and admit their defeat?

  14. Reed June 29, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    I wonder what the Lincolnite response might be to a similar mock death notice of Abraham Lincoln, with John Wilkes Booth as the “attending physcian” Hysterical outrage perhaps?

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