To Return to a Usual Topic

I was reading about the “fall” of Nashville during the Civil War this weekend and it can basically be summed up as “general mixed feelings about seceding shift to throwing a million parades for the Confederate soldiers once secession has happened shifts to outright terror as the Union army is all ‘Please send your mayor to East Nashville in a rowboat to negotiate the terms of your surrender.'”

Yes, one of the northernmost capitols of the Confederacy was left unguarded.

I think this falls into the category of “The Confederacy should be glad it lost so that the piper never had to be paid, because some of the tunes that were called (to stretch a metaphor) sucked.” Not only would a Confederate government after the war have had to answer for why men weren’t properly armed and supplied, they’d have to answer for decisions like leaving Nashville unprotected.