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Its still a different war to different people
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Dear Editor,

In your Aug. 8 and 15 issues was a letter written by Henrietta Bevill Strobhar. The first piece was entitled “A letter regarding Sherman’s march to the sea,” and the second was captioned (sic) “The Civil War perils of Mrs. Strobhar, continued.” A great story, except for the use of the C-word in the caption.

It reminds me of the story about three men who died and ended up outside the Pearly Gates. On these was written, “You’ve come this far. Who is ready for the small test?”

One man held up his hand and was asked to step away from the others. When he was asked where he was from, he replied, “Effingham County, Georgia.” St. Peter smiled and gave him the test: “What was the name of the war from 1861-1865 that pitted brother against brother?”

The man replied, “It was the War Between the States.” With that, he was asked to spell “God” and was told to enter.
St. Peter smiled again when the next man said he was from Richmond, Virginia, and the war was “The War of Northern Aggression.” After spelling “Lord,” he was admitted.

It was different with the third man. St. Peter scowled when told he was from Newark, New Jersey, and the war was the civil war. With that, the man was asked to spell “eucalyptus.”

Let’s hope your caption writer is an exceptional speller and not a yankee.

Robert E. Lee III
Prattville, Ala.