Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

Virginians share fragile relics for Civil War’s 150th anniversary

This LA Times article is on the preservation of Civil War relics, including diaries, letters, etc.

Money quotes:

  • “Archivists are visiting 129 cities and towns across Virginia to digitally scan long-hidden journals, letters, maps and other Civil War records into an online database before they disappear forever.”
  • “This is the minutiae of history.”
  • “This is a lock of Jeb Stuart’s hair,” she said solemnly, and others in the room suddenly fell silent. “He gave it to my great-great-grandmother.”
  • “I had an aunt, lived to be 100, who said she was a grown woman before she knew damn Yankee was two words,” she said with a laugh.”

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