I thought the best way to start this series was by providing a brief history of the depot. This will allow the a reader a brief glimpse into the past to see some of the development of Ringgold and its depot. I am hoping to also demonstrate that the town is anything but a secluded entity in the mountains of Appalachia. It was, and very much is today, connected to the markets around it including those of the deep South. Additionally, due to the town’s natural geography, Ringgold developed as a crossroads and what many call a “gateway” to Georgia. It is this gateway that helped bring Ringgold its commerce, its depot and eventually, the Civil War. Continue reading
(H/T) to David Tatum for bringing this to my attention. For those of you that do not know, back in the early 2000s community leaders renovated the historic depot in Ringgold, Georgia. Part of these renovations included a memorial to the men/boys who left the depot to fight in the Civil War. Additionally, the memorial commemorates the Battle of Ringgold Gap. Adding to the luster, renovators constructed two flags in front of the depot: 1, a U.S. flag in remembrance of Gen. Joseph Hooker and the Union soldiers; and 2, a Confederate flag in reverence to Patrick Cleburne and his Confederates.
Someone finally shut Alexander Hamilton up.
The South won’t have to rise again…just remain standing, while the rest of America falls.
This quote has appeared time and time again on numerous Facebook pages and blogs of “True Southrons.” It appeared most recently at the echo chamber of fiction southern romance novel writer, Connie Chastain. Usually I just scoff at such statements, they being what they are. This morning however, I found myself thinking about this quote from a different perspective. Could the South remain standing, or will it be part of the problem that causes America to “fall?” Continue reading
Scene from the HBO mini-series John Adams. The Continental Congress approves a Declaration for independence from Great Britain.
We are coming up on the 151st anniversary of what is recognized as one of the most important battles in U.S. History. Brooks Simpson posed a couple of questions about the battle on his blog. Check out his blog and take a crack at answering when you get the chance. Following his model, I would like to pose some questions of my own just for fun. Continue reading
Chattanooga, TN is an area rich in Civil War history, as well as numerous other events and eras. It is really no surprise that the largest local paper, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, is usually littered with pictures, articles and notes about the past. The Civil War usually garners the most attention in the fair city, so it came as no surprise when a picture of a Confederate Battle Flag popped up on my feed last week. What is surprising, is that the flag is depicted as a modern symbol of the Tea Party. Continue reading
A while back I blogged about the damaged statue of George Washington that currently sits in front of the State House in Columbia, S.C. The post had something to do with a Facebook post on the SHPG’s group page that highlighted “Yankee atrocities.” As someone usually skeptical about such atrocities, mainly because so many of them are falsely attributed to Sherman’s Army, I decided to research the statue a bit for myself. I quickly found that there were two opposing explanations for how the statue was originally damaged. I signed off on the post asking for readers to provide any information they had. I moved on, and forgot about the whole thing. Then, two years later, I received a comment.
I found this video this morning after I came across the Chris Rock Show clip. This is the vexillology of the Confederate Flag according to Dr. Thomas G. Clemens of Hagerstown Community College. As always, the comments on the video are more entertaining than the video itself. Enjoy.