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JOHN BLACKFLAGG
( the man who tells it as it is )

Well, another CSAE member has brought a book out and I have been asked to review it. Tony Jones’s CONFEDERATE ROSE-ENGLISH ROSE has been some years in the making, and quite a few people have been amazed at an Englishman writing a book of Southern poetry. But, those of us who have known Tony for some time know that his heart is in the South. These poems come from the soul. It contains 32 poems, all with Tony’s straight from the heart approach. At $5 or £5, this has got to be a good buy and I recommend it for your book-shelf. All enquiries are to be sent to alavolinfantry1@activemail.co.uk

Next edition I shall be reviewing John Collier’s second book called MORE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR GRAVESITES IN GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND. Hey, John, how long did it take you to come up with that title? And, hey you guys, who do you I am? A librarian?


I heard something interesting the other day. Someone said “Did you see that film, Andersonville? How awful!” Hmm…..yes, Andersonville was a grim place for sure, but, it brought to mind the Yankee prisons too. And, there are some big differences between the two side’s prisons in that war. In Andersonville, the prisoners were starving ….and so were the guards. Hardly surprising, as the Yankees had either stolen the South’s food or burnt every crop they couldn’t carry. In the prisons in the North the prisoners were starving too, but the people who ran them started the war as men of modest means and ended it as millionaires. Makes you think, yeah? More Confederates died in prisons than bluecoats, and no Federal commandant was ever asked to explain his sudden and great wealth, whereas, the commandant of Andersonville was executed for charges that allegedly took place before he even arrived at the camp. The victors administer the justice, and decide what is justice, and, until very recently, they wrote the history too. I was once asked to sum up how I felt about the war in one sentence, and I replied, “I only wish we’d won”, but,….even though we didn’t win, the truth is beginning to come out………..at last

JOHN BLACKFLAGG


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August 15, 2002


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