Ameer has been on the forum longer than you have.
Although I don't know what that has to do with the price of tea in China, or necro-posting spammers for that matter.
I realize that this thread has been the victim of necromancy, but it DID get me to download and start reading the book. The thing is, Jack Hinson wasn’t a rebel, per se. He was firmly in the Unionist camp, and thought that the secessions were wrong. But, he was also a peaceful man, and didn’t want to see a war between the states over differences in opinion. Although it is true that he ended up working with some famous rebels like Nathan Bedford Forrest after he went on the warpath, Hinson himself was not a rebel. He lived in peace with the Union - even becoming a friend of U.S. Grant - until the federal troops murdered his sons in cold blood, and without due process .... at which point he declared war against the federal troops, not against the Union.
That monologue has always resonated with me from the first time I heard it. But it resonates more and more these days. It’s speaks to a group of men who had a lot of smoke blown up their wazoos, and finally they’d had enough of it. Or, in the tag line quote from another famous movie - “Network”, in which the main character finally has had all he can take, and he sticks his head out the window and starts yelling:I wore this frock coat to Washington before The War. We wore them because we belonged to the five civilized tribes. We dressed ourselves up like Abraham Lincoln.
You know, we got to see the Secretary of the Interior. And he said, "Boy, you boys sure look civilized."
He congratulated us and he gave us medals for looking so civilized.
We told him about how our land had been stolen and how our people were dying. When we finished he shook our hands and said, "endeavor to persevere!"
Well, Jack Hinson had had enough; and when they unjustly killed his sons, he got mad as hell, and declared war on the federal troops.I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!
In the old days forum owners discouraged necroposting because new threads on topics already covered boosted the forum's thread count. Complaining about necroposting is the modern equivalent of shaking a fist in the air and hollering "stay off my lawn!"mrvmax wrote: ↑Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:39 pm
Yep, it would be hard to duplicate that today but he was pretty effective in his retribution.
I suspect that had it been Confederate troops who executed his sons, Jack Hinson would have waged his one man war against the Confederate army instead.
My point exactly. And it could have easily worked out that way. The author makes sure to distribute guilt for atrocities evenly, describing some of the roving “confederate” guerrilla bands as nothing more than gangs of criminals who took advantage of the chaos to victimize people, including confederate sympathizers. Had one of those gangs murdered his sons, Hinson would have declared war on the gangs.bblhd672 wrote: ↑Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:11 amI suspect that had it been Confederate troops who executed his sons, Jack Hinson would have waged his one man war against the Confederate army instead.
The flip side of that is that if his sons had been killed by rebel gangs, he would have probably remained a Unionist.It is interesting to note that by early February 1863, although he had taken no overt action against the occupation force, Jack was no longer neutral. In his testimony, he referred to the Union forces as “the enemy” and the Confederates as “our forces.” There had been a change in his heart. Jack Hinson had at last taken a side, and it was the obvious one. The killing of his sons had made him a convinced Confederate.