This Day (Sandy Foundations Edition)

On this day in 1822, Hiram Grant — the future U.S. — was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio. On his thirty-ninth birthday — when Grant was working as a clerk in his father’s store and predicting “that this War will be but of short duration” and that slavery would die of its accord so that “the n— will never disturb this country again” — Virginia joined the Confederacy.
A month earlier, the diminutive Alexander H. Stephens had delivered, before a crowd in Savannah, Georgia, a stirring raison d’être for the fledgling nation. The Confederate vice president proclaimed the “assumption of the equality of races … a sandy foundation” for so great an enterprise. “Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition.”
And yet “It had nothin’ to do with slavery,” says this guy.

In the meantime, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson took command of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 33rd Virginia infantry regiments, along with an artillery battery, all of which combined to form what came to be known as the Stonewall Brigade.
They fought well, those guys, if, in the end, their cause turned out to be a bit sandy.


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