Ok. It’s time for the south to finally admit the war is over.
For years the defenders of the old confederacy have clung to the notion that the war is raging on. The heroes of the old confederacy are still memorialized by statues and revisionist history. Some still fly the flag of the losers.
Even here in the north I see a few folks proudly fly the flag of racism. The stars and bars. A symbol of racism. They fly it proudly.
But yesterday Irene Triplett finally passed away. She died in her nursing home in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Irene Triplett was the last American getting a pension from the Civil War. Yes, the Civil War.
HUH? A pension from the Civil War. Yes. The US hands out well over $40,000,000,000 (billion) dollars each year in pensions to the survivors, widows and children of war veterans. Veterans of the Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Korea, WW2 and even the Spanish-American war.
Until this month the US taxpayers were sending Irene Triplett the sum of $73.13 every month. To honor the service of her father in the Civil War. Yepper, it is an odd set of circumstances. She is the daughter sired by him to his second wife. He was 84 years old. What a man!! And because of her disabilities she qualified, even as an adult, for a lifetime of support from the feds.
Her father was a southern soldier boy who saw the light and defected to the Union. He did so a few days before Gettysburg. Good timing. Later he joined the Union company of “Kirk’s Raiders” and fought for the winning side. Hence the pension.
So let Irene Triplett rest in peace. She is the last direct link to the war to save the Union. The last link to the defeat of the stars and bars and the end of slavery.
And across the south the monuments to the traitors , like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and others , have been dismantled. Torn down. Placed in storage. Confined to the dustbin of history, like the slave owners who wanted to destroy the Union.
Of course racism lingers on. It is a long battle. One I won’t see the end of. But the tide of history seems to be drowning the racist, the flag wavers of the old south and the modern day alt-righters.
Irene Triplett can rest in peace. The war is over. Some folks just have not figured it out.
4 responses to “The War is Over”
The war has lingered because as yet there has been no resolution–both sides felt and still feel justified by fundamental American beliefs. One side (not just in the North) by the notion that this is the land of the free, and that all are created equal. The other by the idea that the colonies, and today the states, are independent entities in voluntary association in a Federal Government with limited jurisdiction.
We see this in regard to the pandemic — is the Federal Government responsible, are state governments, or are measures to protect public health an individual choice?
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Context for sure…
Very interesting tidbit of history..thanks
Very interesting coda to our current trauma. When I think of Confederate symbols, I always feel it’s important to observe that folks who give Nikki Haley credit for her bravery in ordering the Confederate flag removed in South Carolina following the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church should also know what she said subsequently. Her reason was that although the Confederate flag symbolized “service, sacrifice, and heritage,” Dylan Roof had “hijacked” it. She’s an ambitious woman whom some in the Republican Party look to as a potential leader, and I think context is important.
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I agree. Context is everything. Which is against the grain in the soundbite” culture we find ourselves in.
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