Civil war memories — 1 Comment

  1. I think what scared people witless back then was that it wasn’t the usual suspects one would think. And then you add that condition of people trying to ‘do the correct thing’ only to find doing just that was the very worst thing they could’ve done.
    As to why and what the church did, it very much depended on the bishop. If he was a southern unionist or came from that type of family you could expect to see excommunications. But if the bishop came from the lower farmer, small shopkeepers or even trades you could expect to see a republican tilt as with Abp Mannix in Melbourne. Also, if you see educated by the Jesuits or any of the other schools that cost quite a bit prior to 1880 you’ll find a southern unionist bent to them.

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