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Civil War

I’m from the South – Arkansas to be exact. When I was young, I never understood how the emotional and ideological divisions of the U.S. Civil War continued to cause divide. Sure, when I went off to college in Texas, my roommates ribbed me about being a Yankee from The North (of Texas). Plenty of […] Read More

In Arkansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also a day to honor Robert E. Lee. How one day can hold that ironic juxtaposition of figures together I’ll never know. I assume someone thought the day was big enough for both of them. Both Lee and King cared passionately for their causes. However, one sought to […] Read More

Nov. 19, 1863. That was the date of the Gettysburg Address, the speech delivered by President Lincoln during the Civil War. That remarkable speech was given at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Penn., several months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the bloody Battle of Gettysburg on […] Read More

Four generations ago, the white church in the Deep South launched the Confederacy with prayer and fasting. Faithful Christians cried out to God, certain their cause was righteous; their war, holy. As the Civil War progressed, Southerners were bombarded with distressing political news, distressing economic news and tragic news from the battlefields. They prayed and […] Read More

The U.S. Civil War began 150 years ago, on April 12, 1861, when the first mortar round was fired on Fort Sumter, S.C. By the end of the Civil War in 1865, more than 600,000 soldiers had died, and the United States experienced a defining point. The Civil War, however, did not occur in a […] Read More

At 4:40 a.m. on April 12, 1861, Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, initiating the first battle of the American Civil War, an internecine conflict that would result in the preservation of the Union at the cost of some 620,000 military deaths plus an unknown number of civilian […] Read More

Two fast approaching anniversaries place race in the middle of the public square and at the center of the sanctuary, offering a time for truth-telling by those of moral good will.   One is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War on April 12, 1861. The other is the 50th anniversary of […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI voiced “fear and trepidation” about the “disturbing news coming from Libya” in a carefully worded statement that neither endorsed nor condemned U.S. and European attacks against Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Benedict made his statement on Sunday (March 20), following his weekly recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. […] Read More

Just in time for next year’s sesquicentennial observance of the start of the Civil War, the Texas Board of Education wants new Lone Star State history textbooks that are more conservative.   For example, the board has proposed that the new school books match Jefferson Davis’ inaugural address with Lincoln’s speeches. Apparently, the board wants […] Read More

After being asked by black leaders to apologize for Georgia’s role in slavery, the state Senate instead moved forward with a bill designating April as Confederate Heritage and History Month. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bill Mullis, R-Chickamauga, said his proposal is not a reaction to a call by the Georgia state conference of the NAACP […] Read More