Sunday, May 9, 2010

Floods not Nashville's biggest disaster since the Civil War

By Donald Sensing

The floods were Nashville's biggest disaster ever.

Gateway Pundit headlines, "Obama Goes Golfing as Nashville Suffers From Biggest Disaster Since Civil War." Since the comments there address the recreation addiction of our president more than adequately, I'll not do so here. I will correct the headline, however.

I was born and raised in Nashville and live now in Tennessee. I am extremely familiar with the events and effects of the Civil War in Tennessee. In fact, the Civil War was not physically destructive at all for Nashville. The city was occupied very early in the war by the Yankees and suffered no destruction from the war. The Battle of Nashville, Dec. 1864, took place south of the city, not within it. Since then, the city has grown over the battlefields, but at the time the battlefields were just open terrain and farmland, not part of the city.

The floods this month were a much greater catastrophe for the city than the Civil War was.

As for the rest of middle Tennessee, the Civil War comparison might be apt. As I explained here, just consider Williamson County, Tenn.

In 1860 Williamson County, directly south of Nashville, where my family and I lived from 1995-2007, had the highest economic output of any county in the state. The "Late Unpleasantness" so devastated the county that its output did not return in dollar figure - not constant dollar, just plain dollar - to that of 1860 until 1980.
But for Nashville proper, the flood was immeasurably more destructive than the Civil War.

Welcome, readers - please see our report from Israel on preparations being made to fight Iran, by Israeli Dr. Daniel Jackson, "The Summer Games."
It cannot be overstated enough that anyone who thinks this coming war is about Israel is either an idiot or a fool--and that is a command consequence that one wants to think about. This war is about Xerxes and the New Persians. They are back. Israel is just the example. The real target is to the South and East.
An Iranian strike against Jerusalem, Daniel says, will be a huge warning to the Saudis that they can also take out Mecca - and to the Europeans that Vatican City and Rome are vulnerable, too.

Unfortunately, the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East is in Washington, D.C.

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