Between 2011 and 2015 I featured a weekly Sunday "Civil War Sunday" feature. I'm not a United States Civil War "buff" but I am interested in history in general, and the 2011-2015 sesquicentennial of the 1861-1865 war was an opportunity to learn more about a part of history that many of us need to study more.
Brother against brother...
The state of Virginia, which was one of eleven states to secede from our Union between December of 1860 (South Carolina being the first) and June of 1861 (Tennessee), had more battles fought within its borders than any other state.
Now, in the present, Virginia is developing a wine industry. At a winery I visited in January of 2017, spouse and I bought this bottle of sweet white wine. I admit, it was as much for the label as it was for the wine inside.
It feels a bit strange that the bloodiest war in our history is commemorated by what locals call a "porch wine", one made to be sipped slowly while visiting with friends. But the message on the back of the bottle is one our country had better heed, as we seem to slip closer and closer to an uncertain future.
We forget history at our peril.