Union vets speak on the Rebel flag debate; the Dukes of Hazzard & the Civil War; digitizing Freedmen’s Bureau records; Goliath’s hometown; relics of the Spanish Armada; Civil War foods we still eat

What would Union veterans have to say about the current Rebel flag debate? These nice primary source finds posted today by Nick Sacco gives us a clue, and they further complicate the reconciliation narrative we’ve been given by David Blight and others. The American Tribune (a veterans’ newspaper) refers to the Rebel flag as the “flag of slavery and secession,” and quotes a GAR post’s resolution insisting that the American flag is the “only flag that represents the right” and that they would not let the “charity” shown toward former Rebels cause us to “forget the difference between right and wrong.” Indeed, “we sincerely condemn any attempt to resurrect from the buried past the emblem which represents a bad and lost cause.” Great stuff.

And while we are back on the flag debate again, over on Civil War Pop Christian McWhirter reviews the only episode of The Dukes of Hazzard that expressly deals with the Civil War, in order to ponder whether TV Land should have pulled the series off the air.

Last bit on the flag: a new poll shows that a majority of Americans support bringing the flag down, but not surprisingly there is a clear divide between blacks and whites, and Republicans and Democrats, on the issue.

Time has a good piece today on the project to digitize the Freedmen’s Bureau records.

A recent excavation in Israel has uncovered the historic fortifications and monumental gate of a Biblical-era city called Gath (purported home of the giant, Goliath).

Divers have recovered nine artillery pieces off the coast of Ireland from ships that sank after the Spanish Armada’s ill-fated attempt to conquer England in 1588. Several are decorated with ornate religious iconography and all are in remarkable condition.

Lastly, how about a list of eight Civil War era recipes that we still eat today? (Mmmm, cheese biscuits. Mmmmm)

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