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Yes, we know that’s the opening lyric to the Battle Hymn of the Republic (a.k.a. “John Brown’s Body”).

We don’t care …

A decade ago at the Rittenhouse hotel in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our founding editor strung together that particular piece of music with South Carolina’s beloved “Dixie” and the Ashokan Farewell during a command piano performance at the Smith and Wollensky Grill.

Among those in attendance? MSNBC host Chris Matthews … who at the time was going through his “Republican” phase.

Anyway, we bring up these three pieces of music by way of the taxpayer-funded “celebration” that’s about to take place in Charleston, S.C. to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the War Between the States.

At 4:30 a.m. on the morning of April 12, 1861, Confederate General Pierre G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Fort Sumter – thus commencing hostilities that wound up killing at least a quarter of a million men over the ensuing four years. Beauregard’s bombardment – ordered by Jefferson Davis – will be commemorated early Tuesday morning by a candlelight ceremony at White Point Garden on the tip of the Charleston peninsula.

This is just one of literally dozens of government-subsidized events taking place in Charleston, S.C. this weekend to help sanitize … err, commemorate the war’s 150th anniversary. Most of these events involve re-enactors like S.C. Senate President Glenn McConnell (although no word yet on whether he intends to bring his slaves along for this “teachable moment”).

Frankly, we’re sick and tired of our tax dollars going to pay for such nonsense.

In fact, we had hoped that a government shutdown would have eliminated the National Park Service’s planned festivities for the coming week – but the deal reached late Friday ensured that the show would go on.

Don’t get us wrong … those who want to remember the War Between the States should do so. In fact, they can dress up in white robes and burn crosses for all we care … or lecture every white person living below the Mason-Dixon line about the importance of revisionist history.

Just don’t do it with ourĀ  money …