Wednesday, June 22, 2011

North Carolina Voices: The Civil War

Civil War — North Carolina Public Radio WUNC:
This NC Voices series will examine how the Civil War affects people in North Carolina today, 150 years after the start of the war. We’ll look at the legacy of the war and how we remember it and how it shapes our identity as Southerners.
I heard a story from this series earlier in the week and was waiting for it to come online, but it doesn't seem to be available although prior and subsequent stories are. I believe it was Monday, 6/20 but I'm not finding it so I'm not certain. (It's possible it would've been in the Listener Stories section, but not finding it there either.)

Anyways, the one I wanted to share was a man who related the story of his great-great grandfather, who was executed by the Confederacy for desertion. You hear a lot down here about the "courage and honor" of Confederate soldiers, but you don't often hear someone from North Carolina brave enough to point out that it was the deserters who were the true, the only, Confederate heroes.

There's some intriguing material on the site, stories about Civil War monuments, re-enactors, and a few looks at the role of religion in the conflict.

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