National Geographic : 2002 Nov
FORUM of that practice throws over whatever nobler aims or ideals the Confederacy embraced. The blow struck by the Hunley was a blow against the story of the expanding awareness of human rights and possibilities that is the central narrative of America. Like all dead, the men of the Hunley deserve respect and compassion, not least because in supporting the cause they did, those men were so badly misled. But bravery alone does not beget heroes, nor does death in arms alone signify patriots. The men of the Hunley are neither. SANJAY KRISHNASWAMY Berkeley, California The railroad map does not show the correct route used to transport the submarine from Mobile to Charleston. A more direct line from Mobile through central Alabama to Atlanta was used. As early as May 1862, Corinth, Mississippi (a railroad hub in the state's northeastern corner), was occupied by Federal forces, as was most of the Memphis and Charleston line across northern Alabama in the following weeks. BILL BUTLER Lincoln, Missouri The artifact shown at the bottom of page 97, referred to as a "beard comb," appears to be a louse comb used for removing lice and their eggs from hair (that's why it has such fine teeth). KARL FRITCH Bay Shore, New York The device is actually called a mustache comb. But as always, we aregratefulfor the nit picking of our attentive readers. Geographica The illustration in the item "Maya Paint: Made to Last" is not of the Maya murals at Bonampak, but of the Maya-style paintings at Cacaxtla in Mexico's central highlands. Stylistic similarities suggest, however, that Maya artists may have been employed, far from their homeland. NORMAN HAMMOND Professorof Archaeology, Boston University Boston, Massachusetts WEOCCASIONALLY MAKE OURCUSTOMER USTAVAILABLETO CAREFULLY SCREENED COMPANIES WHOSE PRODUCTS ORSERVICES MAY BEOFINTERESTTO YOU. IFYOU PREFER NOTTO RECEIVE SUCHMAILINGS, U.S ANDCANADIAN CUSTOMERS PLEASE CALL 1-800 -NGS -UNE (1-800 -647-5463). INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS PLEASE CALL +1-813-979-6845ORWRITE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, POBOX63005,TAMPA, FL 33663-3005 .PLEASE INCLUDE THE ADDRESS AREA FROM YOUR MAGAZINE WRAPPER WHEN WRITING.