Daughters of Confederacy don’t like federal ideas for monument

September 27, 2004

LAKE CHARLES, La. Groups trying to give a Confederate soldiers’ monument to the state don’t think much of federal recommendations for its placement.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy wants its 5 1/2-ton monument on the battlefield at the Port Hudson State Historic Site.

The state doesn’t want it. For ten years, the U-D-C has been appealing its decision. State Sen. James David Cain, a Republican from Dry Creek, lobbied the state to put the monument at the battlefield.

Last month, the National Park Service sent officials from two out-of-state national parks to Baton Rouge and Port Hudson to study the matter.

Dale Phillips, superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, and Terrence Winschel, a historian at Vicksburg National Military Park, have three suggestions.

One was to put it in the cemetery for Confederate soldiers killed during the siege of Port Hudson, since it was erected in their honor.

Johanna Pate of DeRidder, president of the Louisiana Society Order of the Confederate Rose, says that’s no good because the cemetery is overgrown and has no public access.

Phillips and Winschel say the other two possibilities are for the U-D-C to negotiate with the landowner to return the monument to its original location, or for it to go somewhere around the visitors’ center at Port Hudson.

The U-D-C dedicated the monument in 1930. In 2002, it had it removed from private land where a fence, trees and brush kept it from public view, and had it cleaned and readied for donation to the state.

Judy Morris, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu’s press secretary, did not return a call for comment from The (Lake Charles) American Press. Calls Sunday were not answered.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press

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