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Why did the US Govt support Blue-Gray re-unions?

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Salty, Sep 11, 2021.

  1. Salty

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    Hoping to unify the nation against the German enemy inPage [End Page 89]World War I, Congress appropriated money for great blue-gray reunions, and the U.S. Army provided tents, transportation, and food. The Vicksburg Evening Post chronicled one event. The army officer assigned to organize logistics for the reunion held at Vicksburg predicted the gathering would promote patriotism "and that is what we need in war time" (Evening Post, Oct. 3, 1917). One Confederate veteran told his fellows, "I was in the Confederate army because I knew the cause was right, but now we are a reunited people and the common cause is right and we are for the United States" (Oct. 15, 1917). He could say that because the northerners seemed to have embraced essentially southern racial values. When black bands played Dixie, the crowd of veterans "went wild." Black waiters "cake walked" (Oct. 16, 1917).

    For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, by James M. McPherson
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