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Albemarle Tradewinds August 2015 Web Final

August 2015

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Mention this Ad and get a free Hot Dog when you purchase a Hot Dog. Wall Cabinets, Back Countertop with Cabintets, Hostess Station and Register Station w/ dropbox safe. bodyinbalancenc@gmail.com The Forgotten American-The Civil War, some call it Treason, some call it a poor man’s fight. By Terrance Mann It is tempting to look at the civil war through the eyes of 2015. But what was life like in 1850? Imagine yourself living in the 3 miles per hour world, where you lived and died within a 15 to 20-mile radius of where you were born. Conventional 19th-century wisdom held that a man on horseback could cover about 20 miles a day without harming his mount. Such was a typical life before the automobile, as noted by Henry Ford. The world such as this one had limited information sources. Newspapers, if you could read, and local institutions such as churches certainly controlled much of your perspective. The wise old man of the village could offer some advice if passing something along to you could be justified by his social class (the planter class). West Point trained local Militia Officers. The officers might release a nugget or two of information during weekend muster, again, if it was in their self-interest. Such was the world of the Southern States. Where filtered information was the norm. It remained this way from the end of the American Revolution until the Spanish-American War. Even longer in more insular communities such as Northeastern North Carolina. In simpler terms, you were a member of a captive audience in the Old South as far as new ideas and information were concerned. Socially, if you were a yeoman farmer, your farm typically had no slaves just family, a few laborers and a lot of hard work from sun up to sunset. Such people had little time to reflect on the larger issues of the day as life was hard scrabbling in the swamps of Northeastern North Carolina. Traveling to town was a big event each month. Going to Church 3 times a week and making muster with the local Militia were all major social and cultural events in the South. These institutions fed a person a 72-year inter-generational diet of God, Country, and State’s rights. The founding of the nation was still fresh on everyone’s mind. People understood that the nation was founded on succession from England, and the Declaration of Independence was the document that outlined their separation from England. The institutions taught Citizens that the new federal government was the glue that held the states together, and that state succession was the ultimate check to keep the federal government from tyranny. After an incubation period of 72 years or longer, North Carolina was confronted with succession and “state’s rights”. North Carolina was reluctant to leave the Union and at best, lukewarm to the idea of joining the Confederacy. Many of its citizens were yeoman farmers and middle-class craftsmen all of whom paid a living wage to laborers living on their property. Laborers were free to come and go as they pleased and free to leave and obtain a higher wage if there was one available. Do not dismiss the Quaker influence in North Carolina, specifically in Northeastern North Carolina. We should be proud that this area was a stronghold for the Underground Railroad, which couldn’t have happened without cooperation from a large number of its people. Both of these ‘consciousness’ played a role in shaping our decision in 1861. South Carolina was first to secede, and then Virginia. North Carolina was in the middle. However, once Governor Ellis and our legislature decided to leave the Union, the rank and file men of the local Militias mustered for service without question as they had been “classically conditioned” to do. Joining was the norm, unless you thought you could hide from the home guard. Many of their ancestors had mistakenly fought on the bogs of Culloden for the “pretender” to the Scottish throne, Bonnie Prince Charles. Loyalty and fidelity are just in the “DNA” of some cultures. We must conclude these yeoman farmers and craftsmen completely inculcated with the idea of States Rights based on even the slightest glance at this period of history. Yes, State’s Rights. The political philosophy, some dare call treason, from the manufactured-synthetic-pop-culture morality of today. If this theory is treason, why were West Point Cadets taught State’s Rights in Constitutional History prior to 1861? West Point, a federally owned educational institution, was funded by the United States Government. Adding further evidence the United States Universal Laptop Power Supply recognized State’s Rights as a legitimate right of governance. Why would the government train the military otherwise? If the philosophy of state’s rights was or is treason, then, evidence indicates it was State sponsored prior $25.00 Yes we have these in stock to 1860. For the purpose of this article, I will not touch on the Magna Carta, which turned 800 years old in 2015. and at a price that even beats Nor the Scottish Enlightenment, or the Glorious English Revolution of 1688 which gave Englishman their bill of Wal-Marts Laptop power Supplies. rights. I will not include a discussion of the American Bill of Rights which included States’ Rights political theory Fits most laptops. River of Nullification. Daniel Webster, or the fact each colony considered itself separate and independent of one another City Computers 252-562-0987 at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 30 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

No, I only want to reference the rank and file soldier whose wives, children and grandchildren wanted to honor the service and memory of these men with a simple monument on the public square. How important was it for the post- war Southern Culture to recognize the rank and file soldiers of the Confederate Army? Many families could only give 15 cents per year or less to their hometown monument committee. These nominal amounts of money represented an entire year’s worth of disposable income in most cases because the entire south was living under the military occupation and economic despotism of reconstruction. The Elizabeth City monument was erected in 1911, the memories still fresh of the war and the occupation in many a person’s mind. This article has attempted to create a synopsis of the many conversations I overheard as a child of these Confederate Veteran’s children and grand-children. I wanted their voices to heard and in some small way enter the current social conversation modern America is having over the Confederacy. It’s hard for a modern reader to understand North Carolina’s reluctance. And how it could have given so many soldiers and lost 40,275 lives to a cause of which most wouldn’t benefit from its outcome either way. Most Confederate Veterans who were lucky enough to survive and rebuild had one lesson to pass on to their children and families: “It was a rich man’s war, and poor man’s fight.” These monuments all over the South represent the memories and honor of that “Poor Man’s fight”. No time for social media.... give Scott a call Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First Soldiers’s Dream World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches By Wilfred Owen and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend and mentor Siegfried Sassoon, and stood in stark contrast both to the public perception of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets I dreamed kind Jesus fouled the big-gun gears; such as Rupert Brooke. Among his best-known works – most of which And caused a permanent stoppage in all bolts; were published posthumously – are “Dulce et Decorum est”, And buckled with a smile Mausers and Colts; “Insensibility”, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, “Futility” and And rusted every bayonet with His tears. “Strange Meeting”. Owen is regarded by many as the greatest poet of the First World War, known for his war poetry on the horrors of trench and And there were no more bombs, of ours or Theirs, gas warfare. He had been writing poetry for some years before the war, himself dating his poetic Not even an old flint-lock, not even a pikel. beginnings to a stay at Broxton by the Hill, when he was ten years old. The Romantic poets Keats But God was vexed, and gave all power to Michael; and Shelley influenced much of Owen’s early writing and poetry. His great friend, the poet And when I woke he’d seen to our repairs. Siegfried Sassoon, later had a profound effect on Owen’s poetic voice, and Owen’s most famous poems (“Dulce et Decorum est” and “Anthem for Doomed Youth”) show direct results of Picture and Biography Sources: Wikipedia Sassoon’s influence. Manuscript copies of the poems survive, annotated in Sassoon’s handwriting. Owen’s poetry would eventually be more widely acclaimed than that of his mentor. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds August 2015 31