The fall of Fort Fisher and ultimate surrender at Bennett Place led to the carnival of corruption that Vance illuminated. We should remember what occurred at Fort Fisher in mid-January 1865 for what it was and what it led to — the ending of an American struggle for freedom and independence, the consent of the governed to rule themselves. This is the sad fact that we should observe, and be cognizant of when gazing at the great earthen fortress.
It has taken a long time for the concept that was our government to be destroyed. There are a few symbolic pieces remaining, but for the most part our founders would not recognize this country. I’m afraid they would even wonder at the name and ask what happened to their rich tapestry of federalism. This article shows the beginning of the end. The 17th amendment cemented the downfall of state preeminence and the rise of the central government. Income tax in 1913 further encroached the federal government into the private personal dealings of the citizens and the supreme court in the 30’s began the systematic removal of recognition of freedoms clearly stated in the Bill of Rights. You will note that during the telling of the battle of the fort, how the descriptions are skewed to provide an altered history favoring the aggressors. One tactic of totalitarians is to rewrite history. It happens today even before the news is cold. I had mentioned earlier that when kidinbox was in school, I took a little time in a “history” book where it was told that the Republicans opposed with Clinton and decided to impeach him. There was not a single syllable about obstruction of justice or perjury – an action which would put any of the rest of us in prison. History had become propaganda. It isn’t different here with the presentation of the fort. I would advise to do your own study and learn history from something other than a modern politically correct book. Remember that the origin of “politically correct” was Marxism – the idea that once one could control the ideas allowed to be presented, even a person’s thoughts would be politically correct.