Sunday 18 April 2010

Georgia on my mind

I wish I was in Dixie, hooray, hooray!

This beautiful card was very kindly sent to me by Chris at Wild Postcards.  From the back:
Re-enactments of the Civil War take place throughout the South.  Through this action, we portray the past, remembering - lest we repeat it.
Georgia was one of the first seven states to secede from the United States in 1861.  The end of the Confederates States is usually taken to be the date when General Lee surrendered on April 9 1865.  As I was looking up these dates, I read that the last Confederate flag was lowered in Liverpool, UK, on November 6, 1865, one of those odd facts that always appeal to me. 
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  1. I never thought the confederate flag would have been flown in England, although Victorian UK was wanting the South to win, of course, due to the cotton trade, I think I read. But they couldn't have been as overt as all that. One must hedge one's bets. Georgia is or was one of the few states to still incorporate the confederate flag into the design of their state flag.

  2. I detect more than a hint of disbelief, sir. :) I understand that it was on a ship, the CSS Shenandoah, so it wasn't the UK that was flying the flag.

  3. Well, you know. You said "the last Confederate flag was lowered at Liverpool."

    But I'll let that ride, seeing as how you are instinctively deceptive, and such things are pretty much automatic with this Sheila the postcard lady. :)

    Actually, truth be told, I don't think the last Confederate flag has been lowered yet. Just sayin'.

  4. You may not think this comment is on-topic. It probably isn't.

    I like old cars. I don't buy them anymore, but I still like the look at them and read about them and take pictures of them.

    For a long time, when I first started liking old cars, I couldn't understand the term "Confederate" when used to describe certain old cars for sale in American car magazines. How could an old car be Confederate? Why would they put that in the "for sale" description?

    Turns out that a lot of old American cars ended up in other countries, especially Australia. The term "Confederate" in the description of the car meant (I later found out) that the steering wheel was on the right side instead of the left, even though the car was American - made for the overseas market. Confederate simply meant the cars were "on the wrong side".

    Isn't that funny?


  5. Yes, that's what I said, true. I don't see how it's deceptive, but perhaps that's the instinctive reaction you mean. :) Your last sentence floats somewhere over my head, but if I reach up, I think I may catch a fragment or two of understanding.

  6. I don't know where that comment came from, while I wasn't looking.

    But anyway, I have no problems with off-topic comments, none at all. Tangents very welcome. :)

    Confederate = wrong side? So the cars weren't being sold in any of the ex-Confederate states? Or would people not find that offensive?

  7. Well, I'm a Georgia girl, born in Columbus, left at 17 to go to nursing school in New Orleans and lived everywhere else since then. The San Francisco area has been my home for the last 33 years. I do love the song "Georgia On My Mind", eat grits with butter - no sugar, PLEASE, love the South in the spring when the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom and deplore racism and slavery of any kind.


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