- Feb 28, 2019
this is my position:Are you advocating that all Confederate symbols be removed, even those from National Parks established on battlefields such as Antietam? If this is your goal what will be the story of the “cleansed” version of the Civil War? The Union defeated the Unknowns?
I bear you no ill will but must tell you that I believe you cannot shape history to suit your preferences, besides we will lose our national identity if we attempt to massage history and make it change.
The South was fighting for slavery....not for the sake of the institution itself, but more because of the economics of cotton. If there was a way to be more profitable producing cotton without slavery...they would have done it.
It was the Daughters of the Confederacy that started the campaign of the "lost cause" changing the perspective of what the south was fighting for. It was the daughters of the Confederacy that lost their inheritance of being "Southern Bells", and losing all those "servants" to attend on them. It's like, they felt cheated. The campaign for memorializing the confederacy was extensive by them.
so, the statues we find in cities, not on the battlefield, are of a different mentality of admiration for a southern society of myth.
To remove Lee's statue from the battlefield of Antietam is wrong. You got to admit he was a great general. of any general, his statue belongs on the battlefield (he made Grant weep at the battle of the wilderness!)
He frustrated the Union command for 4 years.
but, political correctness is out of control, and like it or not...in 50 years his image and the confederate symbols will be gone from the cities and the battlefield.
I'm facing that reality