Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | August 21, 2017

Place These Monuments in Historical Context or Tear Them Down

Two monuments from one cast – One Confederate and One Union

At left, a Monumental Bronze Co. sculpture of a Union soldier, erected in Westfield, N.J., in 1889. On the right, a sculpture of a Confederate soldier, by the same company, erected in Windsor, N.C., in 1898. (Washington Post, Sarah Beetham).  Making war memorials was a business – North and South.  But, somehow, only the ones in the South are a problem.  How odd.

 

The politicians, like Republican Ed Gillespie, say Confederate monuments need to “placed in historical context”.  Apparently, the plaques, which are written in English, don’t explain the monuments sufficiently for Leftists of every stripe, dumb Democrats and clueless, gutless Establishment politicians.

The rabid Puritan Liberals imagine a monument of a soldier, dedicated to “Our Confederate Dead” is really about White Supremacy and racism.  If they can’t pull down a statue like a sister Totalitarian mob in the French or Russian Revolution, Chinese Cultural Revolution, Nazi Germany or like Taliban, ISIS Islamist Totalitarians, they want to put up a plaque with an angry emoji saying this statue represents racism, White Supremacy, and a Southern “uppity” attitude.

The intolerance of tolerance and exclusion of Southerners from sacrosanct diversity is at work.  How shocking.

Ask Ed Gillespie if the Union soldier statue needs historical context.  Because it does.  All the monuments up North need to be put in this context – from solely a Virginian’s perspective:

  • This Yankee soldier looted Fredericksburg
  • He committed a war crime burning the Shenandoah Valley.  Every field and out building as well as many homes – causing suffering and death from hunger.
  • He raped black slave women who followed his Army.  (Quite different from the professionals who followed General ‘Hooker’ in the field.)
  • He served in a racist,  segregated Army.  Blacks served under white officers.  Blacks were paid less than Whites.  (Blacks and Whites were paid the same in the Confederate Army).
  • He couldn’t afford to pay someone to take his place.  The wealthy could buy their way out of the Northern draft.  (About 40% of White males, 18-60, served in the Union Army to invade and conquer, over 90% of White Males, 18-60, served in the Confederate Army to defend their homes).
  • He could be a German mercenary hired like the Brits did in our American Revolution.  Not enough Yankees wanted to fight for the Union to fill the ranks.
  • He suffered enormous casualties because his leadership was too inferior or the Army too weak to conquer just 100 miles of Virginia in 4 years.   Even though the Yankees always outnumbered the Confederates.  (Northern manpower was 3:1 and industry about 9:1).  When the butcher, Grant, finally gained ground, the Union Army won by losing more men in one campaign than Lee had in his entire Army.
  • His family couldn’t complain, because the hallowed right of habeas corpus, the right of a free press and political dissent were suspended during the war up North.
  • He was represented by racists, since up North, 19 of 24 Northern states had restrictions on the rights of Blacks to vote – after the war.
  • As an Army of Occupation, he stole everything not nailed down during Reconstruction.

As soon as the greater number of statues up North are re-interpreted, we should consider doing the same down South in Virginia.

Then, we should start raising money for monuments to the Victims of Yankee War Crimes.  It would all be for reconciliation.

 

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  1. So incredible how little people know about our history. (get your grandkids out of public schools if they go there).

    The act of secession was not a mob in the street taking over power illegally like the French, or Russian revolutions. Nor was it a military takeover like Mao Tse-Tung or Castro. Rather it was ordinary citizens, well acquainted with the issues through debate and the newspapers over several years, quietly going to their polling places in cities, towns, and villages across their states to vote in a democratic election. They eventually chose to leave the Union that their parents and grandparents had similarly voted to join. They voted to leave and restore their independence as a sovereign state.
    That is democracy in action and thoroughly legal.

    Some voted as they did because they feared the loss of their slaves. the vast majority, owning no slaves and with no intent to buy any, voted for reasons of liberty from an overbearing North. In the deep South, secession had strong roots in protecting perceived threats to slavery, in the upper South, on the other hand, it was a reaction to Lincoln’s demand that the states raise troops to invade their fellow states and overturn their election and force them to remain in a union they no longer wished to be part of.

    If Lincoln had simply recognized the results of the people’s peaceful election and state conventions to ratify the secession ordinances, there would have been no war. His decision to compel the states to raise military forces to join in an attack and force a different election result, not only started the war but drove the secession of the states of the upper South which did not theretofore wish to secede.
    Statues honored the dead husbands and fathers and sons. They were erected in almost every city, town and village not only in the South, but also every courthouse square in the North. These honored their dead and were not statements for or against slavery.

    Southern soldiers were defending homes and families from an invading Army, the Northern soldiers were invading and destroying. they are the ones with much to apoligize for.

  2. The Constitution is not clear about how a state is suppose to leave the Union. Rightly or wrongly, the war settled that matter.

    Did Lincoln make the right decision? I don’t know. I just know he was hardly alone in his desire to preserve the Union, and he had good reasons. Preventing war, strangely enough, was one of those reasons. If the Union had broken up, there would probably have been worse wars (One of The Federalist Papers addresses the subject.).

    It is not just that slavery is a vile thing. One of the reasons for the formation of the country was to prevent the states from fighting each other. The Founders considered history. They saw that separate nations eventually find something to fight about. They hoped that unity would prevent most disputes. Of course, the worst disputes are often civil wars, but World Wars I and II demonstrate war is just plain bloody.

    Even though I will happily agree that most of the men of the South had perfectly decent motives for fighting — that the monuments should be left in alone for people to contemplate as they are — the fact remains that slavery is a vile thing. The underlying cause of the war was slavery, and the slave owners were insistent that they had a right to spread slavery. I am afraid the desire for that sort of thing cannot be appeased.

    Consider. The Union was determined to prevent the spread of slavery to the territories. If the southern states had been allowed to separate without opposition, would they have settled for leaving the Union without being given the territories to the west? How much would have satisfied them? The American Southwest is not suitable for slave-based agriculture. What would have satisfied Southern appetites?

    In their greed, would the slave owners resumed the slave trade from Africa? That would have put them in conflict with the Brits. In a search for more fertile territory, would they have invaded Mexico and enslaved the brown-skinned people? Sounds absurd to us, perhaps, but to most of the Americans of that time the mestizos were their inferiors. Cuba and the islands in the Caribbean would have been easy targets. Would there have been a Spanish-Confederate War instead of a Spanish-American War?

    Would the South have slowly become a militaristic state? Who knows? We just know slavery is a vile thing.


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