What if Stonewall Jackson had not been shot?
That means it would not have been turned into a tourist attraction by the Richmond, Fredericksburg, & Potomac Railroad, which means there would have been no need for the railroad to build a caretakers house there so someone could tend to the site. There would have been no shrine there to Jackson’s memory, so it would not have become a National Park Service site.
And so Kris White, Jake Struhelka and I would never have had a reason to be sitting there—in a building that wouldn’t have existed at a site that was never established—smoking cigars and drinking beers on the porch and B.S.-ing about what it would be like to start up a community of bloggers with a bunch of fellow Civil War historians.
With no disrespect intended, it’s safe to say, had Stonewall Jackson not been shot, there would be no Emerging Civil War—and wouldn’t we all be a little sadder as a result?
(Not that we’d know what we were missing because it would have never existed!)