September 15, 2021
Gray Lives Matter by Ann Coulter:
My ancestors were Presbyterian abolitionists who fought on the Union side, but I get really ticked off when imbeciles take a sledgehammer to my country’s history.
Last week, with self-satisfied glee, savages tore down the 14-foot statue of Robert E. Lee designed by the French sculptor Antonin Mercie and installed in 1890 on land deeded to the state — in return for a promise that the Commonwealth of Virginia “will hold said Statue and pedestal and Circle of ground perpetually sacred to the Monumental purpose to which they have been devoted and that she will faithfully guard it and affectionately protect it.”
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A number of factual inaccuracies in her post.
- As has been discussed on this forum, Lee was asked to command an army, not, as Ann implies, all armies
- If you're going to quote Grant on Lee, might as well quote this too: "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."
- Her definition of treason is truly bizarre. Here's the actual definition from the US Constitution: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court." If you want to have a debate about the legality of secession and whether that renders Southern leaders traitors or not, fine, go ahead, but you can't just make up a definition of treason.
- Saying that Lee saved the country is an overstatement at best. He could have saved it even more by - y'know - not waging a war against it.
- Here's the part that's really an issue though: "Never has a civil war ended with such love between the former enemies. That’s our history, our country, our war — North and South, black and white."
Between 1867 and 1877, more than 3,000 African Americans and white allies were killed in terrorist violence. I will simply suggest that Ann pick up some books about the tremendous violence that followed the end of the Civil War. Literally any book on Reconstruction would do if we're being honest. "The Bloody Shirt: Terror After the Civil War" is all about the violence that followed the Civil War.
Ann is clearly not an historian and this article really shows that. She's parlaying in tired myths about the Civil War and Reconstruction and brotherly love during the Civil War that simply do not square with reality.