According to The Lincoln Financial Foundation, Dixie was a favourite song of President Abraham Lincoln’s. The site quotes him as saying on April 10, 1865 (just hours after Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox [though Gregory Downs would argue that the war was hardly over],
“I have always thought ‘Dixie’ one of the best tunes I have ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it…I now request the band to favor me with its performance.” -Abraham Lincoln
I’m writing to you this fine morning from a gorgeous (single!) hotel room in Richmond, Virginia. Aside from a visit to my Naval cousin in Norfolk many years ago and a few sporadic trips to Maryland/New Jersey, this is the longest I’ve spent South of the Mason Dixon in about a decade!
Now, I’m not sitting here sipping sweet tea and listening to someone drawl about the Lost Cause (that was purposefully an absurd stereotype, I promise!). Instead, I’ll be touring Petersburg National Battlefield, Pamplin National Park, and Richmond (the state’s capitol) itself!
For now, though, time to enjoy a cup of coffee to start a long day!