March 09, 2007

Pitting Blogger Against Blogger

Question: Should the American Civil War be of any interest to anyone other than arm-chair tacticians and weirdos who like to dress up in silly costumes on weekends?

The Maximum Leader says "Nay." Buckethead responds with a rousing "Yea."

Go read 'em both.

Oh, in case you're interested, I'm siding with Buckethead on this one. As B notes, not only was the war High Victorian Drama at its most poignant, in the first year or two things could have gone very differently than they did.

UPDATE: Present company excepted, of course!

Posted by Robert at March 9, 2007 05:20 PM | TrackBack

Shelby Foote - a noted historian - maintained that it was what defined the US. Before that the United States was referred to with "Are" (plural), only after that did we say that "the US is."

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 9, 2007 07:06 PM

Robert, I'm only going to tell you one more time: I AM NOT A WEIRDO!!!

Don't make me smack you.

Posted by: GroovyVic at March 10, 2007 07:38 AM

Definitely a YES! It was also the first "modern" war, with mass fast troop movements (via trains), use of machine guns (and Gatling's design is still in use with the Warthog), instant communication (telegraph), taking war into three dimensions (submarines and artillery spotting balloons), ironclad ships, and what should have spelled the end of Napoleonic tactics that sadly took another big war to get through the thick skulls of European generals.
Among others.

Posted by: rbj at March 10, 2007 09:46 AM

Yes, it should be studied.

But when people start hanging those quasi-religious oil paintings of Stonewall Jackson (e.g.,, weep as they reenact Pickett's charge, discuss the merits and drawbacks of the Minie ball, and make a kind of mystical demi-god out of Robert E. Lee, then my eyes start to glaze over.

Studying it is one thing. Getting into a weird Miniver Cheevy lifestyle and wishing that we lived in those days is another.

I blame Ken Burns.

Posted by: The Colossus at March 12, 2007 07:31 PM