- Feb 5, 2017
But What of Union Civil War Monuments?: The Shortcomings of Northern Civil War Commemoration - The Journal of the Civil War Era
As Confederate Civil War monuments continue to come under siege for their white supremacist representations of the nation’s most transformative conflict, Union Civil War monuments and their inscriptions exist in an illusory realm of public approval. In fact, there is an inherent belief among...
 By failing to acknowledge the Union victory as a long-overdue deliverance of the egalitarian principles under which the nation was founded, Northern Civil War monuments contributed to a collective historical ignorance that surrounded the war’s meaning and memory for decades. Rather than make a definitive statement on the Civil War’s emancipationist outcomes, the vast majority of Union monuments bypassed the issue of slavery altogether and instead expressed the war’s purpose in far more temperate terms.
I've fallen on my sword a number of times over this, but I'll do it again in this particular forum. Four-years-ago I though everyone was crazy about any monuments coming down. I really did. When I first joined CWT, I thought people were just being hysterical. Then I realized they weren't. I've never seen such a shift in political opinion in the land as I have over the last four years and I've been an election official for 11 years. I started to believe you Southerners when you said they would come for the North and I've been waiting for it and finally this article arrived.
That's why I've been out and about photographing in my travels the little town monuments of Union soldiers because now they are going to be offensive.
The only phrase I can think of that fits all that happening right now is this: "The tyranny of anarcho-Progressivism that is raging."