Monday, December 12, 2011

Lack of Northern Civil War Knowledge-- Part 2

The two major groups of Civil War descendants, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV)and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) are another example of northern disinterest. The SCV has 30,000 members, despite having quite a bit fewer Confederates they are descended from. The SUVCW has 6,000.

Southerners tend to know their Civil War ancestors, northerners don't.


Framingham, Massachusetts claims that the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was first sung there. The town is planning a celebration of the event at Harmony Grove where many anti-slavery rallies were held and where William Lloyd Garrison burned a copy of the US Constitution calling it a "Pact with the Devil."

The town also plans to raise $1 million to restore a Civil War memorial building honoring Framingham soldiers killed in the war and to display a flag that had been carried at Antietam and Gettysburg. It was discovered in the 1990s after being forgotten in a case for 90 years.

The general mentioned in the first entry was Framingham's Goerge H. Gordon who raised the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

So, That's the Guy. --Old B-R'er

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