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This story is from July 2002.
I’m going to weigh in here about the movement to destroy statues of Confederate heroes. New Orleans recently removed statues of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard from their city. I guess they are in a warehouse someplace. The reasons given are because they were slave owners and because they fought for the confederacy. Other cities may follow suit. Perhaps we should tear down the statues of George Washington. He was a slave owner.
Where do I stand? Well, I’m against it. The destruction of our historical past is about as Orwellian as I could imagine. No person in his right mind would condone slavery, and I certainly find the concept abhorrent. But destroying symbols of our history isn’t going to change it. I’m sure there are those who view the statues as an affirmation of their racist philosophies. But I cannot believe that most defenders of the statues are racists.
Take me. My great grandfather, George Luttrell, was there at the First Battle of Manassas under the command of General Jackson. After Jackson was killed he served under Lee. He was in the war for the duration except for six months in a hospital. He fought in 13 major battles. He carried shrapnel in his arm until his death. His brother, Samuel, was shot dead by his side while marching to Gettysburg. And, by the way, neither brother owned a slave.
I’m quite proud of my heritage. I went to college with a Confederate Memorial Scholarship awarded to me by the Daughters of the Confederacy. But I am in no way shape or form a racist. In Paris there is a huge monument to a man who was directly responsible for the deaths of at least five million people. It’s called the Arc de Triomphe.
Statue of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson at First Manassas Battlefield:
George Luttrell shortly after the war:
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Here is a Sunday from this time of year in 2002. Can you tell that somebody else inked it?