On a recent road trip with my husband, we visited Marietta, Ohio where I thought about an entirely different aspect of POV. We found that this charming town is known not only for great pastry,
|Creighton enjoying a delicious bear claw. (Yes, he saved me a bite or two!)|
We biked from one historical marker to another, but this one stopped us cold:
It might be difficult for you to read the inscription, but it says that the monument was "Erected in memory of the soldiers of Washington County, Ohio who lost their lives in the U.S. service in the war for the suppression of the rebellion in 1861." (emphasis mine)
In the south, you still hear some folks refer to the Civil War as the "War of Northern Aggression."
Which is it?
My husband's great-great grandfather, Joseph Brown, moved from Leesburg, Va. to Ohio because he was an abolitionist and served as a physician in the Union army. But his family left behind kin in Virginia who became the enemy. Doubtless they had radically different perspectives on the war.
Affections, loyalties, and life-determining choices are affected by geography, politics, religion, and a host of other socio-economic factors.
Does the character you are creating live north of the Mason Dixon Line or south? Does she live on the east side of the Berlin Wall or the west? Does he live inside or outside the Gaza Strip? Was he born a light-skinned free man or the son of a slave?
Was the war between the states a war of aggression or was it the rebellion of 1861?
I guess it depends on your POV.
|War monument, Marietta, Ohio|