I’m in Jefferson, Texas for the city’s annual Pilgrimage Weekend. The weather (rainy and stormy) has definitely slowed down things, but according to weather reports, tomorrow (the most important day for this writer) is going to have perfect weather. I spent a good bit of the day talking to some sutlers and reenactors and playing some music. I passed this statue, a memorial of the Confederate soldiers who came from this area and decided to post a photo of it. The inscription reads: “Erected by Dick Taylor Camp, UCV, Lest we forget. In memory of our dead 1861-1865.” I think a great coffee table book would be one of all the Confederate memorials.
I’m using the slow time for writing, handling the endless tasks that are part of the writing business, and for polishing up my music for my programs. I’m also meeting people and networking.
A quotation to make you think about Reconstruction:
There are few good things to be said of the North’s Reconstruction of the South. To illustrate the distress and victimization of the South after the War, I chose a quotation of Robert E. Lee. He had surrendered his army in hope of healing, hope, and peace for the South. Instead, the South received the punitive and wicked policies of Reconstruction. Mr. Lee said:
“Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand.”
General Robert E. Lee,
August 1870 to
Governor Stockdale of Texas