Since we have been looking at the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War this week, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how Fredericksburg celebrated it. I went to Fredericksburg.com and took a look around. This link sends you to the website. Here you can find a bunch of memorial videos, a picture gallery of some of the events and a bunch of reenactors. It’s a pretty cool resource and makes me regret not going a few years back.
This is a website that gives a schedule of reenactments, book readings, and lectures all around the area. I find it really resourceful and I am a little surprised that there is so much Civil War activities that are going on around the community.
Remembering Uncivil Warriors
In the film Uncivil Warriors, Larry, Curley, and Moe are Union soldiers based somewhere in the South. Their Union General assigns the three of them to go undercover as Confederate spies and bring back information about the number of soldiers and artillery the Confederates currently had. Along the way, hilarity ensues while the Three Stooges try to keep their cover. While Uncivil Warriors is a slapstick comedy, the film does have deeper meaning behind the jokes and makes light of how the Civil War should be remembered.
While the Three Stooges infiltrated and befriended a Confederate Colonel Butts, various issues of the Civil War came to light. Moe discovered in a conversation with Confederate Colonel Butts that the Confederate Army was severely undermanned and had a big lack of artillery. This is a common theme of Lost Cause ideology, where the Confederates were completely out numbered. However, upon Moe’s discovery, both Moe and Colonel Butts laughed off the Confederate deficiencies like it was no big deal. Colonel Butts and Moe made it seem like it was a forgone conclusion that the South would lose the war.
The issue of how race was to be remembered came up multiple times during the film. During a scene when Larry dressed up as Moe’s visiting father, Moe says hello to his “Uncle Tom.” Another Confederate questioned Moe about his Uncle Tom assuming that it was supposed to be his father when Curly interrupted saying “Uncle Tom is short for Papi.” This is a slight racist remark stating that another word for father is Uncle Tom. Uncle Tom refers to a black man that behaves in a servant-like manner to a white man. The word Papi usually is identified at the same level as a mammy, so to call a father an Uncle Tom for short speaks loudly about negative feelings of race in this film.
Uncivil Warriors helps the audience understand a lighter side of the Civil War. The use of comedy is a powerful tool when trying to remember the Civil War. The film debuted in 1935, decades after the Civil War concluded. Still the American population was trying to make sense of the war and which aspects should be remembered. Perhaps Curly rationalizes the memory of the Civil War best during the film when he says “I’m getting tired of this army, in fact, I’m getting tired of both armies.” That line could sum up a large sentiment of how the American society currently felt.
Uncivil Warriors. Film. Directed by Del Lord. Los Angeles: Columbia Pictures, 1935.
I was on Stumbleupon the other day and this random Civil War page popped up. It was promoting a new Civil War book and doing so, the website posted 10 surprising Civil War facts. Usually I’m not one to believe everything I see on the internet, but some of these facts are pretty cool.
Hopefully I’m doing this correctly and good luck to everybody!!
Abnett, Dan, and Dheeraj Verma. The Battle of the Wilderness: deadly inferno. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2007.
Alexander, Edward Porter, and Gary W. Gallagher. Fighting for the Confederacy: the personal recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
American National Flag, 34 Stars, Opening Years of the Civil War. “From Civil War Flags” JPG, http://www.rareflags.com/images/RareFlags_IAS_00157.jpg (Accessed March 13, 2013)
Blight, David. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2001.
Bloody War: A Painting Of The Battle Of Chickamauga.”From 6 Civil War Myths, Busted” JPG, http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/6-civil-war-myths-busted (Accessed March 13, 2013)
“Friends of Wilderness Battlefield | To preserve, protect and interpret the Wilderness Battlefield in partnership with the National Park Service.” Friends of Wilderness Battlefield | To preserve, protect and interpret the Wilderness Battlefield in partnership with the National Park Service. http://www.fowb.org/ (accessed March 11, 2013).
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McCartney, Robert. “Wal-Mart’s Rueful Victory at the Battle Of the Wilderness.”Washington Post. The Washington Post, 10 Sept. 2009. 16 Mar. 2013.
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Nelson, Cary. Corpses On A Battlefield. “From Modern American Poetry: The American Civil War” JPG, http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/civilwar/harvest.jpg (Accessed March 18, 2013)
Parnicza, Beth. Interview by George Hareras. Personal Interview. Fredericksburg, March 12, 2013.
Pfanz, Donald. Interview by George Hareras. Personal Interview. Fredericksburg, March 14, 2013.
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Throughout the semester we have been able to read portions of the soldiers diaries during the Civil War. I always found the personal diaries very interesting and its something that I wanted to look a little more into. Here are a few links that offer some Civil War diaries if you’re interested.
This literally has nothing to do with history but I thought of this during class and wanted to post it to my blog…. Probably shouldn’t admit that this is where my mind can go when discussing Lost Cause ideology.
After watching the videos portraying Lincoln in film and on tv, I decided I wanted to post a few more videos portraying a humorous side to Lincoln. These are mainly Family Guy and Simpsons clips, but they are all pretty funny. I think it is important to be able to understand the seriousness of a situation, but still be able to see the bright side of it all!
This clip is from Funny or Die and it stars Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle
This first clip is Lincoln on Family Guy
This second one is short but see if you can pick out a few other historical figures
This third clip is the same clip from Futurama
This clip is from SNL
This is another Family Guy clip
This is a Mt.Dew commercial
Abe Lincoln on The Simpsons…. en espanol
There are tons of others, but I thought I would share a few.
This is an article that tells the story about how Wal-Mart was trying to build a store on the edge of Wilderness Battlefield. This lead to preservationists, historians, and actually local politicians trying to defend the integrity and memory of the battlefield. This article is from 2009 and as far as I know there isn’t a Wal-Mart there, so it seems that the preservationists won this battle.
This is another great source to show how the Battle of the Wilderness has been portrayed in pop culture. Various quotes and scenes can be pulled from this film.