After taking down Confederate statues, moving the tombstones of Confederate war dead may be next

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American Thinker

By Rick Moran

 

There’s a massive amount of commentary today on the drive to remove monuments related to the Confederacy.  Statues of generals, political leaders, and prominent citizens during that period in history are coming down all over the South following the violence in Charlottesville.  Monuments that remind local citizens of their ancestors who died in the Civil War are also being removed.

In truth, Charlottesville is an excuse to do what activists have wanted to do for decades: remove every last reminder that there was, at one time, an independent nation on the American continent based on the idea that humans could be bought and sold like animals.  President Trump said as much yesterday:

[W]ill you tear down George Washington’s statue next? Do you like Jefferson? He was a slave owner. Will you tear down his statue, too? You are changing the history and changing the culture.

We are not going to refight the Civil War.  But perhaps the movement to take down these statues can’t envision the logical outcome of its proponents’ actions.  Indeed, anyone who believes we will stop at taking down statues of Confederates or reminders of the Confederacy doesn’t understand the mindset of those behind this movement.

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After the Confederates, Who’s Next?

On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman’s troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah.

Captured in the Confederate defeat at Jonesborough was William Martin Buchanan of Okolona, Mississippi, who was transferred by rail to the Union POW stockade at Camp Douglas, Illinois.

By the standards of modernity, my great-grandfather, fighting to prevent the torching of Georgia’s capital, was engaged in a criminal and immoral cause. And “Uncle Billy” Sherman was a liberator.

Under President Grant, Sherman took command of the Union army and ordered Gen. Philip Sheridan, who had burned the Shenandoah Valley to starve Virginia into submission, to corral the Plains Indians on reservations.

It is in dispute as to whether Sheridan said, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” There is no dispute as to the contempt Sheridan had for the Indians, killing their buffalo to deprive them of food.

Today, great statues stand in the nation’s capital, along with a Sherman and a Sheridan circle, to honor these most ruthless of generals in that bloodiest of wars that cost 620,000 American lives.

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