News item: Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 the Confederate Heritage Trust will host The Secession Ball in Charleston, S.C., marking the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s decision to initiate the Southern secession from the Union. At this $100 per person “event of a lifetime,” table sponsors (encouraged to wear period militia costumes) will have the opportunity to be photographed with “the ORIGINAL ORDINANCE” of secession.
Once upon a time, we were wealthy.
(At least, some of us were.)
And we measured our estates not in acres
as they did in the mercantile North
nor by crops produced
as they did in the money-mad North
but by souls.
As empires have always been measured.
“How many souls owe tribute to you?
I receive the tribute of a thousand souls.
My empire is greater than your empire of eight hundred.”
And each of my thousand souls owed its own peculiar tribute:
So many back-bending bales of cotton plucked from the bolls and hauled.
So many eye-wearying stitches carefully threaded through elegant draperies and linens.
So many butterbeans shelled, hogs killed and cured, dazzling dinners prepared for Sunday guests.
So many reluctant embraces granted away from the sight of a broomstick spouse
So many searing welts landed when all else fails.
Yes, once upon a time we were wealthy.
And tonight, we shall remember.
South Carolina Secession Ball web site
The State, 12/16/10: Celebrate or Commemorate: Debate Rages
Institute for Southern Studies: The Secession Ball’s Revisionist History