Part 3 of a Series on Reconstruction 1865-1877

Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate Cavalry general most feared by Union generals.
Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate Cavalry general most feared by Union generals.

Few nations in the last millennium have been so devastated by loss of life and property as the South in 1865. Perhaps only the Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Serbians, and in turn the Germans themselves in the Second World War endured such suffering. A Union general bragged that crows flying over the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia would need to pack their own lunches. The Union conquerors then proceeded with the Reconstruction of the South by laying on heavy taxes, confiscating much of their remaining wealth in cotton and other goods, and forcing the sale of land under tax duress. 

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Boudica, Queen of the British Celtic Iceni Tribe in Eastern Britian. Died ca. 60 or 61 A.D. Fighting for the freedom of her people.
Boudica, Queen of the British Celtic Iceni Tribe in Eastern Britian. Died ca. 60 or 61 A.D. Fighting for the freedom of her people.

She was tall, had tawny (perhaps reddish) hair that hung down to her waist.  She had a harsh, commanding voice and a quite piercing gaze when she looked at someone.  She always wore a necklace of gold (probably what we call a ‘torc’), a very colorful tunic, and usually she wore a heavy cloak fastened at the neck by a brooch.  So she was described by the ancient Roman historian, Cassius Dio (c. 155 A.D.-c. 235 A.D.), long after her death. 

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I have been monitoring our political goings-on quite a while but have never seen anything like what we have witnessed in the last three years. Everyone is talking about the HATE being directed at President Trump, but no one I have heard has been willing to come right-out and tell the story as it exists. This hate had its origin long ago before Trump even seriously considered running for President… it would be directed at anyone who tried to reawaken America’s beginnings and “make America great again.” Rand Paul has presented one of the better explanations I have heard. But anyone who tries to tell the real story will be designated a CONSPIRACY THEORIST. We-The-People must not be enlightened.

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I’ve been hanging around this old world for a pretty good while and I’ve observed much and commented on a bit. People sometimes tell me that I need to be more patient about things, but I guess that’s just a part of who I am. I was even impatient about being born and got here two months early. I was pretty small when I arrived… they tell me I could have fit in a coffee pot… and our coffee pot was not very big. But I made it over the hump and there’s one thing I’m not impatient about – and that’s leaving.

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Governor William Holden, Reconstruction Governor of North Carolina, July 1, 1868 to March 22, 1871.
Governor William Holden, Reconstruction Governor of North Carolina, July 1, 1868 to March 22, 1871.

Reconstruction and the Birth of the Union League - Part 2 of a Series on Reconstruction

By the November1862 elections, many in the North had been demoralized by Confederate victories in the field, and pro-States Rights Northern Democrats made substantial political gains in six Northern states.  This was followed by the humiliating defeat of Union forces by Confederate troops at Fredericksburg, Virginia, ending on December 15. A second humiliating defeat occurred at Chancellorsville in Virginia, ending on May 6 1863, in which Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee routed Union forces under Joe Hooker.  Many Republicans felt that the success of Union war policies and efforts were threatened by these political and military reverses.  As a response, Union Clubs were formed in almost every town to support the war, the troops, and the Republican Party. These became the Union League of America.

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Brave Words from determined people.
Brave Words from determined people.

Some of the following words are mine—but the original thoughts are not.  ALL of these concepts and words of wisdom belonged originally to others who pondered Freedom’s Principles before me—in some cases hundreds or thousands of years before.  That’s what makes them so unique, for no matter how “old” these ideas are, they never truly age, because “principles” that can assure—and have done so for centuries—the survival of human liberty are eternal

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The Tyranny and Corruption of the Radical Republicans - Part 1 of a Series

Thaddeus Stevens, Pennsylvania Congressman, and Radical Republican leader. “The Boss of America”
Thaddeus Stevens, Pennsylvania Congressman, and Radical Republican leader. “The Boss of America”

The South was as devastated by the Un-Civil War of 1861 to 1865 as much as any nation in the annals of warfare.  By the end of the war, one out of every four white men had been killed or died of wounds or disease.  Over 40 percent of private property including homes, businesses, livestock, and crops had been destroyed. In South Carolina, where Sherman’s men had burned the capitol city of Columbia, over 50 percent of private property was destroyed.

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