Southern Lincolns abound

The Old Dominion has embraced Honest Abe, at least according to this article.

The writer claims that Tredegar’s sculpture of Lincoln and Tad is “the only statue of Lincoln in the South, where many people still refer to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression.”  I must beg to differ.  In fact, if you visit my alma mater here in East Tennessee, you’ll find three of them: a standing Lincoln at the main entrance, a copy of Paul Manship’s larger-than-life “Hoosier Youth” in the museum atrium, and a depiction of Lincoln as a lawyer in front of the library.

There’s also a Lincoln statue at the state capitol in West Virginia, and Kentucky has more Honest Abes than you can shake a stick at.

One more quibble.  I’ve lived in the South for more than thirty years, and I’ve only heard one person refer to the Civil War as “the War of Northern Aggression.”  The guy who said it was a reenactor; ironically, I was at an event in a state that never joined the Confederacy.  Most of my fellow southerners aren’t nursing a grudge over a war that ended before their great-grandparents were born.

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2 responses to “Southern Lincolns abound

  1. I have heard several people refer to it as the War of Northern Aggression, but they were all museum and historic home tour docents playing up the views of the time of the men whose homes we were touring. I think it was just part of the script for them.

    • They need a better script. “War of Northern Aggression” was a term cooked up in the South in the 1950s as part of the “massive resistance” to federal court mandates and laws on civil rights, to imbue it with a supposed historical precedent. It was later popularized during the CW Centennial of 1961-65, but it’s not a term real Confederate used a century before.

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