Who are the Caretakers of Modern Civil War Memory?
Certainly not historians. We are far too busy with analysis to actually look after the memories we so laboriously scrutinize. But to ask who will shepherd over memories begs the question: what memories are people preserving? Civil War veterans were the first to take on this task - and they did so in fine style. Modern Civil War memory is up for grabs, and the preservation duty seems to have fallen to sons, daughters, and other heritage groups. A likely choice given that these groups have a keen interest in the war. But as they preserve are they in fact writing a new set of memories? Without question. I open the floor for discussion... With compliments,