Every generation has to rewrite history to suit modern fads. Sometimes it is quite outrageous. PBS has a new series about the Civil War. It is pure PC from top to bottom. I know via my own family history, this war! My great grandpa on my mother’s mother side of the family fought in Arizona, of all places. Yes, there was one small fight there. Anyhow, the new PBS series launches immediately with this young lady noticing a crying lady running down the stairs at this volunteer place. She was refused permission to join a volunteer nursing group due to wearing a hoop skirt.
Now, about hoop skirts: my ancestresses all wore these on the frontier in California, Arizona and Nebraska way back then! I actually saw one of these dresses when I was a child, it was grey and white and black stripes and very lovely but falling apart due to old age, of course. It was a hoop dress, big time. Literally big. The natives were very curious about these dresses when my great great grandma came to Tucson. They thought she had huge hips which was considered a wonderful thing in the desert (women like this survive child birthing best) so they all wanted to see her naked, too.
The PBS show not only has this lunatic nursing operation desperate for volunteers turning away ladies due to their dresses (Good grief!!!) they had this young nurse volunteer lecturing the older people in this really snotty way. My grandma would laugh to death about that story line. Even today, if a young kid shows up in an organization and lectures everyone, they would be chucked into the street unless it is about the internet, this is where youth and fools dare tread, the rest of us shiver with fear. HAHAHA. Anyways, back then, no one and I do mean no one lectured the Elders about anything. You grew up in school where misbehavior was silenced with the rod or a whip or something that ‘smarts’.
Even when I was in school in the south, they beat us mercilessly! I remember those years!!! We were still very snotty, just had to learn to take the pain and then boast about it afterwards. To not cry was the golden prize we all desired greatly back in the Ice Ages of the 1950’s.
What is worse about the PBS BS is, there is lots of photos, that new invention, and surviving garb proving that nurses wore hoops.
African Americans in the Civil War | Civil War Saga: yes, there were black nurses, they were essential to this operation literally operations that were ugly affairs with SCREAMING in agony. My granddaddy told me all about this, he praised the discovery of stuff that put people to sleep for surgeries. He grew up in the Wild West and when I was a child, would tell me in a warning voice, horror stories of little children dying on ranches. Didn’t stop me from running with horses and throwing rocks at coyotes and playing with my pet Gila monster which, along with the Greater roadrunners which dined on the dead animals and insects from the swimming pool filter I cleaned out.
About the Civil War nurses: NO ONE was turned away, the casualties were horrific and many and the surgery was a nightmare and the staff was entirely overworked, big time. The fussy fuzzy all modern PBS version is a lie, it is disgusting, it is infuriating, I knew a number of ancient Victorians when I was a child, Mrs. Mitchner was my grandfather’s neighbor she died in 1967 age 105 and she told me stories about the 1860’s when her own father sailed into Japan to represent the US at the embassy there and all the Japanese lords freaked out when she came before the Shogun because all the court ladies who were in hiding squealed with joy, ran out into the chamber and grabbed her up and ran off with her! She said it was loads of fun.
They also were freaked out by her mom’s hoop dress and peered under it and touched it all over, making her mother laugh.
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