Saturday, August 25, 2012


Many writers have maligned the trans-Mississippi theater, but John C. Haskell, a Confederate veteran from South Carolina, wrote one of the most poisonous comments. Here goes:
“There was so much less fighting in the Trans-Mississippi area, that, like the one-eyed man in the country of the blind, anyone who was there was a great leader, and heroes were almost as cheaply made as in the Cuban War” (Govan, G. E. and J. W. Livingood, eds. The Haskell Memoirs, New York: Putnam, 1960, p. 19). The Cuban War, by the way, is a reference to the Spanish-American War.
I cringe whenever I read the quote above, but it probably captures the opinions of a number of folks. Alas…

1 comment:

  1. If by "fighting" he means "pointless mass dying that advanced nobody's purpose" I'll grant him that. There wasn't as much of it on our more sparsely-settled, guerrilla-tending side of the river. But I fail to see that as a disadvantage.