My Baltimore Sun Response
 
From: J.Wareagle@verizon.net
 
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/letters/bal-ed.le.letters09d12dec09,0,6879231.story
 
Your wrongheaded and misinformed attack on Confederate history has steered you into waters with which you might not be familiar.  The legendary and fabled Journalist, of your own "Baltimore Sun", H.L. Mencken, contradicts your point totally.   There is plenty, as Americans, to be proud of found in Confederate history.  One example offered by your newspaper, is a comment on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
 
Quote from H. L. Mencken:  "The only thing wrong with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was that it was the South, not the North, that was fighting for a government of the people, by the people and for the people." 
 
Many of us unrepentant Southerners have refused to cooperate with the overthrow of the Constitution of 1787 and the American Revolution by those who are little better than propagandists.  America has plenty to celebrate and as a part of America, so do Southerners who still revere the courage of our ancestors, both in 1776 and in 1861.
 
We all need to remember who gets the right to write the history of a conflict.  I’m sure the British Navy’s records have an entirely differing account of what happened at Baltimore’s Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812 and the history of the horror of the Holocaust if the Nazis had won WWII.  
 
Another one of my favorite quotes is from an Irish born General, Patrick Cleburne, who said to his troops some few months before he was killed in battle,
 
"If the South should lose, it means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy.  That our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers, will be impressed by all of the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision." ~ Confederate General Patrick Cleburne
 
Obviously, they are regarded just as General Cleburne said they would be.  It is like a voice coming from the grave for us who revere his memory.
 
Jim Walters
Lewisville, Texas