Three years ago we were pulling them down …
The email below was sent to the Editor of the Palm Beach Post and many of my high school classmates in June of 2017. I just thought it might be of interest once again–what with recent societal events taking the turn that they have …
to: the Editor of the Palm Beach Post and my High School Classmates (Palm Beach High School, Class of 1958)
In case you missed it the Confederate Memorial in the Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach honoring Civil War veterans that ended up fighting on the losing side is about to become the next bit of Southern heritage to be expunged from history. I am not a red necked, bigoted, tobacco chewing, rebel flag waving good ole boy. I am a serious student of American History and, although I am descended from numerous slave holders and a Confederate soldier that died at Malvern Hill, I am of the firm opinion that a Southern victory in the War of Northern Aggression would have been unfortunate. Unfortunate not only for a fledgling nation but for the future history of all of mankind.
Acknowledging the pure ugliness of the very concept of slavery and recognizing that its preservation was the primary reason for the secession of the southern states I am still forced to ask a question. When will the politically correct crowd “call off the dogs”?
Assuming the answer to be never; I want to give them their next project. This one will be of much greater impact and should keep them occupied for years to come. It will involve voters and politicians from the Everglades to the pan-handle and stir up emotions on a scale we can only imagine!
WE NEED TO RENAME 21 FLORIDA COUNTIES!!!!
Baker James McNair Baker: a Confederate Senator
Bradford Richard Bradford: the first Florida Confederate officer to die in the Civil War
Calhoun John C. Calhoun leading Southern politician and slave holder
Clay Henry Clay Kentucky statesman, founder of the Whig Party and slave holder
Gadsden James Gadsden considered slavery to be “a social blessing” and abolitionists to be “the greatest curse of the Nation”
Hendry Francis A. Hendry Confederate cavalry officer and slave owner
Jackson Andrew Jackson 7th President of the US, a slave owner and soon to lose his place on the $20 bill to Harriet Tubman
Jefferson Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the US, author of the Declaration of Independence and, you guessed it, a slave owner
Lee Robert E. Lee no comment
Levy David Levy Yulee imprisoned for nine months after the Civil War for “supporting slavery and secession”
Madison James Madison 4th President of the US, hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” and owner of hundreds of slaves during his lifetime
Marion Francis Marion the “Swamp Fox” of the American Revolution, from South Carolina and a slave holder
Monroe James Monroe 5th President of the US, a Virginia Planter and owner of hundreds of slaves
Pasco Samuel Pasco Southern “Planter” and, naturally, a slave owner
Polk James K. Polk President of the US during the Mexican War and owner of 25 slaves
Putnam Benjamin A. Putnam Florida Legislator and slave owner
Sumter Thomas Sumter Revolutionary War General, cotton plantation owner and slave holder
Taylor Zachary Taylor another US President from the South whose family owned 150 slaves
Walton George Walton first Secretary of Florida Territory and slave owner
Washington George Washington “Father of our Country”, first President of the US and one of Virginia’s largest slave owners
Dixie now why would anybody have a problem with this?
Over forty thousand of North Carolina’s men went off to war and never came home. In retrospect, their cause was both lost and wrong and, as a white Southerner and a proud American, I recognize this fact. How many times do I have to say “I’m sorry” and is it really necessary to hang the memory of so many fallen fathers, sons, and husbands from a light post in Durham, NC?