Who’s face is that?!
No, it’s not mine. It’s the face of David Hunter Strother (1816-1888), otherwise known as “Porte Crayon.” There is a complicated story surrounding his life, but the bottom line is that he was a Union man… and culturally Southern. He was a Virginian with intimate ties to the Shenandoah Valley. Of all the Southern Unionists I have read about, I find his story one of the most interesting, and in this midst of conducting some housekeeping on my different sites today, I chose his face to hover over the posts written here. Furthermore, since the “authors” of much of what is transcribed here were Southern Unionists, I have decided that the name “SouthernUnionists” under “Author” is a more accurate reflection of who wrote much of what is included in this blog. The combination of Strother’s face with the SouthernUnionists title under “Authors” just blends well… and makes sense. It’s a reminder that the Southern Unionists Chronicles is about them. It’s their story, not mine… I’m just trying to do my part in making sure their stories… stories of Southerners… are not forgotten and/or lost in suggestions made by some that Southern perspective of the American Civil War is defined as Confederate perspective. The Southern perspective of the war, and Southern culture itself, is much more diverse… and interesting. Defining Southern perspective as Confederate perspective is telling only part of the story and serves only to perpetuate a myth.