Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Will the Real Pemberton Please Stand Up

From the Dec. 28, 2012, Huffington Post "Coca-Cola's Doc Pemberton Mascot May Actually Be Image Of Disgraced Confederate General" by Ryan Grenoble.

The Coca-Cola Company is currently pushing the image of Doc. Pemberton, the Georgia pharmacist credited with inventing Coca-Cola back in 1886.  But, at issue is whether the image they are using of him is of the good doctor or Confederate General John Clifford Pemberton, the man who surrendered the stronghold of Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 4, 1863, to U.S. Grant, effectively cutting the Confederacy in half along the Mississippi River.

The general is a relative of the doctor and looking at photographs of the two, there is a definite resemblance.  The article does mention that the general was of "somewhat ill repute."

I do not know a lot about the general and am not sure the ill-repute comes from his surrendering, something he did, or, in this day and age, whether it is because he was a Confederate (although one from the North).  You know, that slavery thing.

Wonderin' and Lookin'.  --Old Secesh

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