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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, Feb. 4, 1961

February 4, 2011 |  2:02 pm

  Feb. 4, 1961, Comics  

Feb. 4, 1961: ANYONE WHO keeps up with his reading or listening knows we've gone into the four-year Civil War centennial. Unfortunately, some aspects of the commemoration make it appear the war was a rather pleasant interlude, full of noble heroes.

Of this notion, historian Bruce Catton states, "We will make a terrible mistake if we let ourselves feel that this was a bloodless sort of war in which young men in picturesque uniforms died painlessly in picturesque attitudes. They died and they didn't like to die any more than we would like to die today. They were not enacting a pageant for us. The commemoration ceremonies ought to be rather quiet, rather reverent. We're not talking about a college football game."

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  Feb. 4, 1961, Mirror Cover  

  Feb. 4, 1961, Matt Weinstock  

  Feb. 4, 1961, Coates and Abby