Those of you who follow the exploits of the incomparable Boston Maggie likely have noticed that there has been a shift in the Boston Republican Party demographic. Suddenly, eastern Massachusetts is missing one of its half-dozen remaining GOPers. Despite once being accused of being Ted Kennedy’s left hand (“You have the right to remain silent…”), reliably conservative Maggie has moved south.
So where is the sense of humor of Clio’s on display? Well, Maggie is the Goddess of the Naval Blog Strike Force, and an avid reader of history. She has gone great guns on the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and the involvement of her personal yacht, USS Constitution. She is an able conversationalist regarding both of the World Wars, particularly the Naval aspects, and is more than passable when talking about Korea and Vietnam. She has an interest and grasp of current military thinking, too. So where is her self-admitted weakest area? Why, the Civil War, of course.
So where is it that Boston Maggie, perhaps the consummate Yankee (with a Chaahhhlstown accent that is barely decipherable “west-a-Wisstah”) ended up? A little town twenty or so miles WSW of Staunton, VA, called Craigsville. Smack dab in the Shenandoah Valley, the breadbasket of the Confederacy. Surrounded by towns rich in Civil War history, and history predating that unpleasantness. Kernstown, and Front Royal. New Market, where a battle was fought one hundred years to the day before I was born. Harrisonburg, Lexington, Winchester, Lynchburg, and Cedar Creek. All scenes of pitched battles, fought among the lovely hamlets of the Blue Ridge and in the rolling farm fields of the valley.
Now, Maggie has no choice and no excuse, she has to immerse herself in the Civil War. I know she will. It isn’t like they won’t be able to tell where she’s from. But like so much of the South, as long as you don’t try to find a Virginia version of Ed Markey or Elizabeth Warren, they will take you as their own. Who knows? I would love to be there the first time Boston Maggie tells some nincompoop “Oh blessyahahhht!”
The picture, by the way, is of Maggie engaging in her most favoritest thing to do. Shooting!