BREAKING: Civil War over UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Monday, September 27, 2010

BREAKING: Civil War over UPDATE

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Wait until Gen. G. Smith jr (CSA, Hon.) hears about this:

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Bob McDonnell, the Republican governor of Virginia, announced Friday morning that he will not declare next April "Confederate History Month."

McDonnell caused a stir this April when he proclaimed Confederate History Month, something that had been a tradition in the past but that his predecessors had skipped. Most critics made hay of the fact that he made no mention of slavery in the proclamation. He eventually apologized and added a clause about the "evil and inhumane practice."

But on Friday, speaking during a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, McDonnell announced that he would declare next April "Civil War in Virginia" month.

"My major and unacceptable omission of slavery disappointed and hurt a lot of people—myself included," he said, according to the Washington Post.

"One hundred and fifty years is long enough for Virginia to fight the Civil War," he said.

Confederate History Month is recognized by a handful of states, mostly at the urging of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group devoted to "preserving the history and legacy" of Confederate soldiers.

Arkansas is not among the states where Confederate History Month has been proclaimed, but it honors the Lost Cause in many ways, including a shared observance with Martin Luther King Jr. and the richly chronicled annual lamentations for David O. Dodd.

UPDATE: Uh, oh. Gen. Smith is really going to get riled now. Gov. McDonnell last week held a fund-raiser in Washington for Jim Keet, the Republican nominee for governor of the state where David O. Dodd is buried. Somebody has some splainin' to do. Keet better repudiate this wimp quick.

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