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Saturday, August 12, 2006

"Glory" Indeed

For some reason I pulled down the movie "Glory" from the shelf today and watched it for what is probably the tenth time.

For those who do not know, it is the story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, its men and its commanding officer during our Civil War. The unit was a "colored" regiment. It was destroyed in an assault on Fort Wagner at Charleston, South Carolina in 1863.

I had my usual reaction to the drama which was fortified by and incredible sound track. It moved me deeply. I was left wondering once again about what sort of men could do what these men did.

They marched, line on line, into the blazing guns of the fort. One after another they fell to the musketry and shot from the canons. Grape tore huge holes in their formation. And yet they kept coming. Colonel Shaw, the commanding officer, fell as they were scaling the fort's walls of sand. The survivors eventually topped the fortification only to be cut to shreds.

By any reasonable measure, the assault was a fiasco. It never had much of a chance of success. But had it succeeded, Charleston would have fallen more than a year earlier than it eventually did. Was it worth a try? And what of the brave black men who laid down their lives?

What would the New York Times of today had to say about this battle? How about Ned Lamont or Dick Durbin? How about Hillary Clinton? Would they see the "glory" in the effort of these brave men? Would they have appreciated the daring of the commanders to give it a try? Rhetorical questions to which we know the answers... sadly know the answers. They would have turned this Glory into something quite different.

And, oh my, these latter day Copperheads make me angry to my core.

Oh, we'll rally 'round the flag, boys,
we'll rally once again, Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
We will fally from the hillside, we'll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.

The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star.
While we rally 'round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Comments (2)
Stupid Country said...

What on earth are you getting at?

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