Back at the start of the Civil War, Southern legend says that a man named Cooter Brown lived at the dividing line between the North and South. In addition to an unclear home, Cooter had friends and family that were declaring their allegiances to both the Union and Confederate causes. Because of the mixed loyalties around him, Cooter was unsure whether to side with the Yankees or Southerners. As the war started, Cooter devised a shifty plan to remain in a state of permanent intoxication—he drank himself into alcoholic oblivion every night so that he would be useless to either the Union or Confederate causes. Throughout the war efforts, Cooter’s assistance was sought by no side, as the drafters found him to be more trouble than he could possibly be worth.
Although the story of Cooter Brown is one of caricature, the moral lesson is that an extended period of … Read the rest of this article!