THINGS YOU LEARN BY SURFING THE WEB

HOW TO GET A NEW HAT IN 1863 

The following was gleaned from the web-site http://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/texts.html, which is the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina, Collection of Electronic Text.  The site has many first person accounts of Southern life before, during and after the Civil War.

After the Battle of Gettysburg, a lot of Confederate solders in and around Richmond, Virginia, needing to be re-supplied and re-outfitted, had to rely on their own initiative.  For many men, items of clothing were in short supply.  But, just as soldiers of every age everywhere find ways to meet their needs, some hatless men found a fun and unique method to get a new one. 

Men would stand along the railroad tracks leading in and out the City.  They would place several percussion caps along the tracks.  When the trail ran over them, the caps would explode.  The noise would cause many anxious passengers in the cars to lean out the windows.  This gave the soldiers along the tracks the opportunity to knock the passengerís hats off their heads or out of their hands.  It was great sport to do so without injury to the passenger.

Eventually, word got around, and passengers learn to remove their hats before leaning out of a train window, but only after a lot of Confederates acquired new headgear.

 MY THOUGHT ON THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

     I believe that a person today cannot begin to understand how this country got to where it is today without understanding the causes of the Civil War, and itís aftermath during Reconstruction.

It was the South trying to keep slavery that cause of the War, brought on, at that time, by the election of Lincoln.

The person to do the greatest harm to the South was a southerner, John Wilkes Booth.  The killing Lincoln brought on the Reconstruction era, the consequences of which we still live with today.

The General to help the Southern cause the most was not Robert E. Lee.  It was Union General George B. McClellan, whose actions and inactions prolong the war by two years, which brought about an even greater division of the people.

The South attempted to distort and minimize the causes of the War and its loss by creating the ďCult of the Lost Cause,Ē which published a lot of false and misleading material justifying itís actions. It wanted to deny that Slavery was the reason for the War, and to justify racisms in the South.

More words have been written on the Civil War in this country than any other subject, except for the Bible and religion.