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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: HERITAGE REPORT

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HERITAGE REPORT

Fanatics to the right of us, fanatics to the left of us.  Charlottesville City Council in front of us and the Mayor of Richmond behind us.    We are surrounded!  What can we do?  As always, we will follow the example of our ancestors and fight our way through.

All of this is over false claims of racism.  The only racism is coming from those who will use any excuse to bring down our monuments.   The City of Charlottesville denies the truth.   The City Council claims to know what people were thinking almost 100 years ago when the monuments were erected.  We do know what the City was thinking less than 20 years ago when the City Council approved a "Civil War Trails" marker describing both the General Lee and General Jackson monuments as well as the Court House monument.

This marker WAS titled "Confederate Heroes Remembered."  The following is the text from this marker:

"Lee and Jackson Parks contain two of Charlottesville's fine examples of public sculpture, gifts of benefactor Paul Goodloe McIntire (1860-1952).  The Thomas Johnathan 'Stonewall' Jackson statue was dedicated in 1921, the Robert E. Lee statue in 1924.  Depicting the Confederacy's two greatest heroes and executed by nationally prominent sculptors, the statutes and parks exemplify both the contemporary desire to honor the South's heroes and the widespread civic improvements of the early 20th century City Beautiful movement.

The statue of a Confederate common soldier in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse was erected in 1909.  Dedicated in a huge public ceremony, it illustrates the desire across the South to memorialize those who fought for the Confederate cause.  Money for the statue came from public appropriations and from citizen's gifts rather than from one donor.  The statue itself was created by a Chicago supplier of such figures for many localities, South and North.

Charlottesville's location behind the battle lines kept it from significant military action during the Civil War, but the community made a great contribution as the sit of major Confederate hospital activity.  From the Battle of First Manassas on, wounded soldiers filled many University of Virginia buildings, local structures and private homes. The medical school faculty, students and local citizens helped care for them.  Several University and city buildings-----called collectively the Charlottesville General Hospital----served as a large permanent hospital throughout the war.  By war's end it had treated 21,450 cases; 1100 of those who died are buried in the Confederate Cemetery at the University."

Where is this marker now?  Ask the Charlottesville City Council.  They recently sent City workers to remove the marker and make it disappear.

Take heart, we will prevail.  We will win.  The symbols of our Virginia Confederate Heritage will remain to inspire generations yet to come.

Frank Earnest
Virginia Division Heritage Defense Coordinator, SCV

1 Comments:

Blogger James Carter said...

It's so sad that people refuse to educate themselves about the REAL causes of the civil war.

7:30 PM  

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