Literary and cultural connections between Sir Walter Scott, the Jacobites, the Society of Horsemen, the U.S. Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan, and the crosh-tairie (fiery cross).
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It was Sir Walter that made every gentleman in the South a Major or a Colonel, or a General or a Judge, before the war; and it was he, also, that made those gentlemen value their bogus decorations. For it was he that created rank and caste down there, and also reverence for rank and caste, and pride and pleasure in them. Enough is laid on slavery, without fathering upon it these creations and contributions of Sir Walter. Sir Walter had so large a hand in making Southern character, as it existed before the war, that he is in great measure responsible for the war.