Civil War Lessons – Will anyone listen?
By yesterday morning, the city of Baltimore had removed 4 Confederate monuments in the dead of night. Other cities are following suit, for fears of another Charlottesville. Some vandals stuck a shovel in the grass at the grave of Confederate Lt Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest and threatened to come back with ‘heavy machinery’ to remove the body and the statue. Is this how we learn lessons from the Civil War?
Civil War horror
Brother against brother, sons against fathers, cousin against cousin, the blood of families ran like rivers across the nation between 1861 and 1865 as at least 620,000 soldiers died during the war. Blacks fought on both sides. It was not a war like the two World Wars, where the enemy was outside the confines of the country. The blood-soaked American soil in battlefields like Gettysburg, Antietam and others are stark, horrible reminders. Those who are pulling the strings of both sides WANT a Civil War in order to complete the destruction of America.
The left demands the removal of all references to the Confederacy. Men like Nathan Bedford Forrest actually had blacks voluntarily fighting with him during the war. Robert E Lee may have lost the war, but he was not the monster portrayed by so many.
The truth in a history lesson
Robert E. Lee was married to George Washington’s granddaughter. He worked with Grant during the Mexican-American war and became a decorated war hero defending this country. He believed slavery was a great evil and his wife broke the law by teaching slaves to read and write. After the civil war he worked with Andrew Johnson’s program of reconstruction. He became very popular with the northern states and the Barracks at West Point were named in his honor in 1962. He was a great man who served this country his entire life in some form or other. His memorial is now being called a blight.
People keep yelling, “You can’t change history.” Sadly you can. This is no better than burning books. ISIS tried rewriting history by destroying historical artifacts. Is that really who we want to emulate?
As they tear down this “blight” keep these few historical facts in your mind. No military veteran and highly decorated war hero should ever be treated as such. This is not Iraq and that is not a statue of Saddam Hussein.
Lee was also very torn about the prospect of the South leaving the Union. His wife’s grandfather, George Washington, was a huge influence on him. He believed that ultimately, states rights trumped the federal government and chose to lead the Southern army. His estate, Arlington, near Washington DC was his home and while away fighting the war, the federal government demanded that Lee himself pay his taxes in person. He sent his wife but the money was not accepted from a woman. When he could not pay the taxes, the government began burying dead Union soldiers on his land. The government is still burying people there today. It is now called Arlington National Cemetery. DO THEY WANT TO TEAR THAT UP ALSO ?? Rick Ferran
The price tag of Civil War is death and destruction. Some experts on the right say that we won’t go to war over all of this, but no matter how many concessions are made to the left or how many people on the far right are arrested or detained, it will eventually end in disaster. The blood of our ancestors cries out from the ground – stop and stop now before it’s too late.