The War Between the States
A Work in Progress
First, let us dispose of the revisionism associated with the name of the late unpleasantness. It was not a civil war. No more so than the American Revolution was a civil war. A civil war is a conflict in which citizens of the same country divide into camps and attempt to seize control of the body politic with the express intent to force their will on the other side, all the while remaining one country. Examples of true civil wars include the English Civil War, the Glorious Rebellion of 1688, and the French Revolution. In both the American Revolution and the War for Southern Independence, bodies of citizens declared themselves independent, left the established government and, consequently, fought a foreign power for their liberty. In both cases, the established government denied the right of citizens to create this schism. In the former case, the separatists won; in the latter they did not. Therein lies the difference. It is a matter of public record that the 'official' name of the conflict is The War Between the States. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, Congress was faced with having to frequently refer in official documents to the War agreed to Resolutions that the name would be the 'War Between the States'.
A Few Things You May Find
Useful or Enjoy
The Cherokee Legion was a militia troop mustered from the men and boys of greater Cherokee County, Georgia, in 1863. Their intended purpose was to provide services such as guarding railroads and roads. They served for only a few months and saw no organized combat. However, they did serve and their service qualifies their male descendants for membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. This link will take you to the roster of the Legion. As an aside, the Cherokee Legion was not associated in any official way with the members of the Cherokee Nation who gallantly served the Confederacy.
Diary of Julius Lafayette Dowda, 3rd Georgia Cavalry, Co.F
This document is a remembrance, part diary, part recollection, of service with the 3rd Georgia Cavalary. Unfortunately, it contains no names but is an excellent source for the movements of the unit. Some comments on the skirmishes and everyday type of actions is included.
Songs and Readings
speech and the music is
from The Confederacy an LP produced in the mid 1950's (Columbia Records
BL-220, which seems to be out-of-print). The music was compiled and directed by Richard Horner Bales
(1915-1998). Performers included the National Gallery Orchestra and the Cantata
Choir of the Lutheran Church of the
Reformation, Washington, D.C.