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A few weeks ago we discussed whether The War of Northern Aggression was a name that was ever used seriously. Whether or not, it’s not a name that will find acceptance among all the regional partisans in our country. I don’t think we’ve even reached complete agreement on whether it was the Civil War or the War Between the States. Each of those names is also a political statement.
But look at how the issue was finessed by the local G.A.R. post in Albion, Michigan:The marker reads: “G.A.R. Memorial / In Memory of U.S. Soldiers and Sailors / War of 1861-65 / Erected by the E.W. Hollingsworth Post 210 / Department of Michigan / 1925”
“War of 1861-65” avoids all the political implications of the other names, right? Sort of like “Seven Years War” vs “French and Indian War.”
Who would have thought a group of G.A.R. guys would be so sensitive to easily-ruffled politically feelings back in 1925?
I happened to come across the marker on today’s bicycle ride. I was leaving Albion on a road I’ve used a couple times before, only this time I thought Victory Park might be a good place to take a break. It wasn’t. There were too many mosquitoes. But the marker caught my attention on the way in.Published in