We all have a favorite Civil War book which we read, and re-read, as a kid, which probably turned us on to the War as much as anything else.
Well, one of my favorites, checked out of the Margaret Mitchell Elementary School library here in Atlanta, was MacKinlay Kantor’s Gettysburg (1952), one of Random House’s Landmark series for young readers. I couldn’t get beyond the title of the very first chapter: “Ja, the Rebels Eat Babies!”
The line has stuck in my brain ever since then.
Catch this: a while back, attending a lecture by Prof. John McCardell, President of the University of the South in Sewanee, penned on a card the question I wanted to ask him when the Q/A began: “Dr. McCardell: isn’t it true that yankees eat babies?”
I never got a chance to ask it. (Probably for the better.)