On Friday, November 11 (Veteran's Day), a paid advertisement ran on page 9 of the Jacksonville (NC) Daily News. This ad took up two-thirds of the page, sharing space with the continuation of a local writer's column (the column and the ad had nothing at all to do with one another). The ad consisted of this very "Lost Cause-y" artwork
The quote by Major Wilson reads, "If I ever disown, repudiate, or apologize for the Cause for which Lee fought and Jackson died, let the lightning's of Heaven rend me, and the scorn of all good men and true women be my portion. Sun, Moon, Stars, all fall on me when I cease to love the Confederacy. 'Tis the cuase, not the fate of the Cause, that is glorious!"
Now, I have absolutely no problem with someone spending their money on an ad such as this. If that's how you choose to allocate your dollars, that's great. What I have a problem with is the fact that it was run on Veteran's Day. Some of you may say that this is a tribute to veterans like any other, but I beg to differ. I feel this ad would be more appropriately run on Confederate Memorial Day. Some of my friends and colleagues will call me a liberal, academic South hater (which, by the way, is an inside joke). Something about this ad just struck me all wrong. Veteran's Day as we know it was established after World War I and I don't see a place for an ad such as this on this holiday. If one truly believes that the Confederate States of America was a sovereign nation, then why would you want to remember its heroes on a day set aside to remember veterans of the United States military?
I don't know why this simple newspaper ad got me so stirred up except to say that its stuff like this that really diminishes my interest in the Civil War. Too many people still fighting it, too many thinking the South will rise again, and a Lost Cause that simply won't get lost. The Civil War encompasses so much of what I do in my job, in my hobby, and in life in general, that I will never fully escape it. I just wish I could escape this side of it and focus on other aspects of it.