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Posted at 10:36 PM ET, 01/ 9/2011

Lincoln vs. Jefferson conference in Charleston

By Linda Wheeler

For a southern view of the Civil War, consider attending the Stephen Dill Lee Institute annual conference on Feb. 4 and 5 in Charleston, S.C., where the war officially began on April 12, 1861 with the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. The city offers much to see that is war-related.

The institute, established in 2005, is the education arm of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and has among its goals the defense of the Confederate soldiers’ good name and presenting the true history of the South. The conference, titled "Lincoln vs. Jefferson: Opposing Visions For America," costs $150 and includes a Friday reception, Saturday banquet and a slate of six speakers, among them David Aiken, Kent Masterson Brown, Don Livingston and Thomas DiLorenzo.

By Linda Wheeler  | January 9, 2011; 10:36 PM ET
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It is nice to see the 150th anniversary of the Civil War off to a great start. The deceased veterans on both sides of this great conflict need to be honored. Charleston is a beautiful and enjoyable city. I am looking forward to all the celebrations throughout the country. I was present at the 100th anniversary celebration at Gettysburg, which sparked my interest in Civil War history. Now I will attend the 150th. Hopefully, future generations will honor the sacrifices made by both sides of the past. Without them, we would not be the Nation we are today.

Posted by: scripsit1 | January 12, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

It’s nice to see that both sides of the WBTS are being represented.
Mr. Bowling is an asset to a well rounded view of the conflict.

Posted by: TrueConfederate | January 12, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I echo Kevin Levin's comments on his blog concerning the use of the term, "a southern view of the Civil War." Such a view does not take into account the 4 million+ slaves who were Southerners, nor does it take into account the 200,000 USCT, most of whom were Southerners, nor does it take into account Southern Unionists, nor does it take into account Southerners like Winfield Scott, George H. Thomas, Grimes Davis, and all the white units from seceded states who fought for the Union. What about the Border States? The Border States were Southern states as well. There is a multiplicity of viewpoints, not just two. Where are the Copperheads in the so-called "Northern" viewpoint? Where are the Northerners who fought for the Confederacy? And how can we call California part of "the North"? Trying to look at this from just two points of view is both inaccurate and unsatisfying.

Posted by: AlMackey | January 13, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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