The Confederacy Legacy Lobby – Defending the Indefensible
For almost all of us the Civil War is not and has not been a major issue in our lifetime. It is an interesting and incredibly impactful historical event, one that still reverberates in today’s political issues, but as far as the Civil War itself is concerned, the issues in that fight were settled long ago.
But some people, men and women who for some unfathomable reason believe that the Civil War was a majestic enterprise of the South, the War is not over. And in a state park in
Florida the die hard
defenders of southern honor are
still at it. The issue, whether or
not to put a memorial to the Union troops in a battlefield park.
|Kurz & Allison lithograph, via Florida Photographic Collection|
Last year, nearly a century and a half after the
of Olustee, the
chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War made a request to the
state parks department. It asked for permission to place an obelisk to honor
Union soldiers (who lost the battle on Feb. 20, 1864) inside the three-acreOlustee
Battlefield Historic State Park, the same patch of land that holds
three monuments commemorating Confederate soldiers. Florida
Okay, a simple enough request. There were already three monuments in the part to Confederate soldiers. But even acknowledging Union bravery and casualties was too much for the Confederate supporting diehards.
Last month, opposition to the monument exploded during a state parks workshop in nearby
Before a crowd packed into a school auditorium, a black advocate for the
Confederacy (from out of state) waved a Confederate flag. Confederate
supporters rose quickly to their feet and belted out “ Lake City Dixie.”
Speaker after speaker denounced the Union proposal.
“There are some, apparently, who consider this to be a lengthy truce and believe that the war is still going on,” said Mr. Custer, known as Buck.
The Confederate demands were clear. The Union monument could be built anywhere in the federal park, just not on the original three-acre state park where the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected their obelisk in 1912. “We are not opposed to the monument at all; we are opposed to the location, and here is why — it’s like any other historical building,” said James S. Davis, 66, the
commander for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “You put something brand new in
there and it destroys the significance of it.” Florida
And in the leadership of the opposition,
Reinforcements were drafted, namely State Representative Dennis Baxley, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Gosh, a Republican leading the fight to glorify the cause of the South, who saw that coming?
There is a lot of controversy about the Civil War, but one thing that is agreed upon is that it was a war fought to end slavery and preserve the
Union. Those who support the Southern heritage
aspect of this should remember they are fighting to honor those who fought to
destroy the United States
and perpetuate slavery. Maybe they ought to
think about that before the next time they say and do something stupid.