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My personal feelings on removing and destroying the Confederate statues

August 16, 2017

civilwar You cannot go on Facebook nowadays and not see simplistic memes about the removal, and in some cases, the destruction of Confederate statues on both sides of the issue so, although I have tried to ignore this and against my better judgement, I feel it is time for me to write a little bit about this and how I feel about it. This is something that cannot be summed up in a meme in my opinion; history is not a bumper sticker slogan but rather a life lesson. 

  This is a touchy subject because you cannot take the contrary opinion without being branded a racist or a white supremacist nowadays but, as I alluded to above, this is part of the simplistic approach I have found on Facebook and I find the Civil War to be a subject of our history which is fascinating, almost more so than the Revolutionary War. To think this was the culmination of the Founding Fathers’ unwillingness to address that “peculiar institution” when writing the Constitution and instead kicking the can down the road by 20 years is mind-blowing. The Civil War was inevitable, it is amazing it was delayed for so long.

  Over the years I have become a Civil War buff; I am not saying I am an expert on the subject, I am not, but I have read many books on the Civil War, both from a Northern and a Southern perspective, and I have tried hard to educate myself on not only the war itself but the antebellum years leading up to the great conflict. 

  I have visited several Civil War battlefields from Gettysburg to Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and a couple of others and every time I stood on one of these battlefields I was taken aback by how powerful it was.

  Standing at the copse of trees and looking to the left and to the right and picturing General Picketts’ men coming out of the woods for as far as the eyes could see to charge on the Northern position in an ill-fated attempt to drive the “Billy Yanks” all the way back to Washington DC was powerful beyond belief.

  Then there was Guinea Station where Stonewall Jackson died, seeing this place was powerful as well. A little known fact about Stonewall Jackson: being a devout Christian he set up, against Virginia law, a Sunday school for black children. After the first battle of Bull Run the first letter he wrote, before writing his esposa Anna, was to his pastor and included money to keep the school funded.

  So what I am getting to is this: the Civil War is part of our history, it is a sad part of our history but still it is not just part of our history but an important part of our history and I do not want to see it removed from the annals of history.

  I fully understand why people want these statues taken down from public areas and honestly I do not have a problem if it is done the right way. This should be up to the people and the legislatures of the States, but they should not be destroyed. Perhaps a good compromise would be to move them to museums in the various states, or some other type of specific memorial, where people who want to learn about and observe history can see them.

  In his memoirs General Grant said this about General Lee about their meeting at Appomattox: 

“I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.” 

  I guess I feel the same way in a sense although for a different reason; I do not think we should try to pretend like none of this happened but rather we should use these monuments as a bridge to the past no matter how painful the past might be. Abraham Lincoln’s approach was to forgive the transgressions of the South to unite the country but that has been lost.

  We need to learn from the past, this is where I am supposed to insert the quote about those who do not learn from history… but I am not going to do that. What I am going to write is this; perhaps it is time for people to step back and remember that you cannot change history by taking down a statue, but if cooler heads prevail perhaps we can all learn something that will make us better in the long run.

  History is interesting to those who want to better understand how we got to where we are today. History is a lesson but it is more than just a history lesson, it is a life lesson and we can all learn more from history by acknowledging it than by pretending it did not happen. 

  Well, that’s my two cents, have at it…

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2017 11:45 pm

    The memes make me tune out. If we were to live by the bitter judgments of present cause celebre hipster protest movements we may need to pull down some other icons of American life. Like Franklin Roosevelt.
    His family (allegedly) participated in the Opium trade in China, he refused Jews on the St. Louis passage into the US during the Holocaust,he actually interned a race of people (Japanese) he appointed an actually KKK member to the Supreme Court. Pop culture sells emotional reactions, I’m afraid, not fact-based judgments. Thanks!

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    • August 17, 2017 5:16 am

      I agree! After so long you just begin to tune out on Facebook as everybody hops on the meme train. There is a long list of people out there who have a sordid history but yet are considered heroes that nobody is talking about.

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  2. August 16, 2017 11:55 pm

    I concur that this is a state and local issue. Each state legislature can choose if they wish to move, remove, or stay such memorials.
    Hugo Black was the justice who was confirmed by FDR, and an actual Klansman.
    http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/07/07/how-fdr-avoided-supreme-court-justice-hugo-blacks-ku-klux-klan-scandal/

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    • August 17, 2017 5:16 am

      Thanks for that info.

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  3. August 17, 2017 3:43 am

    It is a federal felony to desecrate or remove war memorials without congressional approval.
    Where municipalities request that a monument be removed from municipal property, the federal government has to go through the official records to find out if there is a lien or right of way granted from the municipality to the federal government, and if monies were disbursed over the years from the federal government to the municipality. Once congressional authorization is given, the federal government can deconstruct the monument and transport it to federal property and reconstruct the monument. All costs including rehabilitation and restoration, is charged to the municipality and, if federal money to the municipality attributed to the monument, the funds are no longer paid.
    It can be done. But history rewritten, equals history to be repeated. People running away from history must understand that, they can run, but they can’t hide; Mistakes of the past will soon catch up and overtake them.

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    • August 17, 2017 5:17 am

      Thanks for that info, I did not know any of that.

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      • August 17, 2017 5:18 am

        You’re welcome.

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    • August 17, 2017 4:08 pm

      Hi Brit, you continue to possess a ‘sharp mind’ and ‘wealth of information’ even thought you’re retired & over 60. haha Thanks! Good for you!

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      • August 17, 2017 4:32 pm

        I’m nothing close to being sharp as when I was younger. My brain is like an overcooked squash.

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      • August 17, 2017 10:13 pm

        haha. But ‘quality’ squash Brit! ☺️

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      • August 17, 2017 8:44 pm

        60 is the new 40!

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      • August 17, 2017 10:14 pm

        That’s because of all our “processed food” no doubt. 🙃

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      • August 18, 2017 6:52 am

        Of course! 🙂

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  4. August 17, 2017 3:44 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • August 17, 2017 5:17 am

      Thank you.

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      • August 17, 2017 5:19 am

        You’re welcome.

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  5. August 17, 2017 7:20 am

    There is some kind of revisionist. The Statues Of Buddha are gone, no trace of Buddhism, only Islam In Afghanistan… And What.. North And South, Blue Coat And Grey Coat Until The Bones . It Doesn’t Serve No One, History Should Be Preserve

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    • August 17, 2017 8:45 pm

      I agree 100%!

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  6. August 18, 2017 2:48 am

    Here is noteworthy news.

    Islamist militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi is liable for more than $3 million dollars in reparations for ordering the destruction of ancient landmarks in Timbuktu, Mail, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Thursday.

    The court, …, said attacks on historic sites “destroy part of humanity’s shared memory and collective consciousness, and render humanity unable to transmit its values and knowledge to future generations.”

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    • August 18, 2017 6:53 am

      Now if we could get a judge around here to say that…

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  7. rogerthesurf permalink
    August 18, 2017 9:33 pm

    What puzzles me about this statue desecration scheme is that it appears to be instigated by Democrats who seem to control the left today.
    I understand that

    1. the Ku Klux Klan are off shoots of the Democrats.

    2, The Jim Crow laws of the south are signed in the majority by Democrats.

    3. If the Civil War was a war between Slave owners and Anti Slave owners, it was the Democrats who were exclusively slave owners at that time with no Republican slave owners recorded at that time.

    4. The Confederates must have therefore been largely Democrats.

    D’Souza has written and researched considerably on this subject. The above is a quick example. No one has been able to counter his researched facts that I am aware of.

    Cheers
    Roger

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