Brian Jordan, adjunct instructor of Civil War Era Studies, was quoted in a June 29 Agence France-Presse (AFP) article about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Historian Brian Jordan, of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, said the fact that there are based named after southern generals "is less an issue than the civil rights movement" which will mark this year the 50th anniversary of the famous "I have a dream" speech by the late Reverend Martin Luther King.
For some historians and "in popular culture, it is remembered as a glorious war, a good war," that ended with the abolition of slavery -- without giving weight to the devastation wrought by the conflict, said Jordan.
The reality, he said, is the Civil War was a "tragic four years," costing thousands of lives, and massive suffering. It was "a tragedy for American democracy," Jordan said, and did not resolve the country's racial issues.