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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Grapes of Wrath

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings The Battle Hymn of the Republic.


The American Civil War. Does anyone really win a civil war?

See my infographic a few days ago. Sobering and sad.

More lives lost than any other American war, including WWII, the Vietnam war, the Korean War, Iraq/Afghanistan, and of course, 1812, when the British set fire to the White House! The latter isn't even mentioned in most histories, at least not accurately.

The War of 1812

We in Canada and Europe refer to Napoleon's siege of Moscow as the War of 1812.

The Russians retreated and burned their villages, livestock, and gardens behind them, leaving nothing for Napoleon and his soldiers to live on during the harsh winter that followed.

Very smart and risky, winner takes all. It's said the brutal Russian winter defeated Napoleon.

The Confederates and the Union

What, then, of the Confederates and the Union? Brother fighting brother...Virgil Caine is my name...

Those American history buffs and native Americans know much more of American history than I, but two Canadian authors, Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery, have brought it alive.

Read about a fictional Civil War Christmas love story here:

 War is hell.

1 comment:

  1. I highly recommend Ken Burns' TV series "The Civil War" if you want a fascinating, in depth and personal look into this troublesome time in the United States.