by Meshea Crysup
Co-founder Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg
Note: Hubby does not like it when I use him in my stories,
so just let this be our little secret, please. ;-)
Last night, I was very disappointed because I did not get to go to Vicksburg Civil War Roundtable’s first meeting after Christmas break. Curt Fields/General Grant was our speaker and I had been looking forward to meeting him for months. But Hubby and I have both had “the crud”: coughing, blowing our noses, feeling like crap, etc. for going on two weeks now, and we just were not up to getting out.
I say, “we” optimistically, because I have not gotten him as onboard with Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg as I am--yet.
In fact, last night, at just two minutes before time for Roundtable to start, I glanced at the time and said, “I really wanted to go.”
Hubby replied, “So this guy is there portraying General Grant?”
I replied, “Yes…” knowing full-well what was coming next.
“Well, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed that.”
I sighed, then patiently said, “Roundtable isn’t about refighting the Civil War. It is about learning HISTORY. It is not a North/South thing.”
If Hubby is anything, he is predictable. He is also from New Orleans. I am--not.
“Well you just don’t understand. You didn’t lose the war.”
To be clear, this is just Hubby’s sense of humor. We have had this discussion many times and we actually mostly agree about the Civil War, but what fun is that? Obligingly, and with a smirk, I replied as I had many times before, “No one “won”. It was American against American. America lost.” He had gotten the desired “rise” out of me; the discussion was over. Plus, it was time to take another round of meds.
The next day, however, still not feeling well enough to get out, I replayed the scene in my head. Along with it came many recent memories:
What a unique time in American History—in World History—to be Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg!
As I do so, I am not a “damned Yankee” as Hubby, lovingly—I think—calls me. I do not do so identifying myself by my politics, race, gender, socio-economic group, or religion. I am Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg as an American. And yes, as I discussed in my last post, Vicksburg fascinates and attracts visitors from all over the world, but we do have American visitors as well. I am especially proud, given the list of issues above, when I see them, whether as individuals, families, groups on buses or riding bikes. I understand what Al meant—and I agree with him that in a very real sense that as a nation, we are still fighting the war—but not when we are Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg. When we are Rediscovering our history, anywhere, we are on the road to finally winning, once-and-for-all! I do not see North or South, Blue or Gray. I do not see race, gender, socio-economical group, or religion. When I see others from our nation come to Rediscover Historic Vicksburg, I see an American!
In fact, not to be political, but just patriotic, I am starting my own “hashtag”. I hope you will join me! Maybe we will inspire others not to just Rediscover Historic Vicksburg! Perhaps we can lead the way and, as a nation, we will Rediscover Historic America!