Virginia’s Governor, his past indiscretions aside, celebrated the triumph of his party in the State legislative election by promising more iconoclasm in the Old Dominion.
There are over 660 Confederate monuments across the United States. A scholarly study conducted in 1982 found that nearly half of these are specifically memorializing Confederate war dead. Another third are generic pronouncements of sacrifices made during the Civil War. The smallest grouping denotes a celebration of “lost cause” ideology.
The recent passing of the eminent Bud Robertson, chosen by John Kennedy to chair the Civil War Centennial Committee, has been largely ignored by academics(no doubt due to resentment.) In one of his last speeches, Robertson derided current efforts to destroy all the progress made by his Centennial commission …. unity, and remembrance.
Today, Civil War history is being molded into something divided, derisive, and vengeful. Bud may not have been at his best, but he could identify the problem:
“Elements hell-bent on tearing apart unity that generations of Americans have painfully constructed.”