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April 12, 2015 12:00 AM

The last battle?

April 16 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Columbus in the Civil War, a good time to examine local myths. Myth-making about the Civil War began immediately. In 1866, Virginian Edward A. Pollard published The Lost Cause to defend secession's constitutionality. That title came to represent beliefs white Southerners held to vindicate crushing defeat and emphasize the war's significance. Lost Cause myths venerated Confederate heroes and painted a benevolent picture of slavery.

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