HOT BLAST: Re-fighting the Civil War in Florida
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The Battle of Olustee
The Battle of Olustee
There's no need to re-fight the Civil War. It's never really ended.

Or so it seems in northern Florida, where a proposal to add a monument to Union soldiers at Florida's largest Civil War battlefield has been met with, let's say, strong opposition.

Consider this passage from the Miami Herald's coverage: "Passions ran high (at the meeting), at one point erupting in a spontaneous chorus of 'Dixie' led by a black man, H.K. Edgerton, who called Union soldiers rapists and wielded his large Confederate flag like a conductor's baton as the audience sang."

Florida isn't a hotbed of Civil War commemorations and memorials because so few battles took place there. But it is nonetheless a sign of the emotions some Americans still feel about the war and how we honor the soldiers who died in it.

-- Phillip Tutor
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