Thumbs up to Ed Shore for his letter on June 7, “Teach children history.” Our children need to be reminded of the sacrifices that were made by their ancestors in 1861-1865 and all subsequent wars from that time to the present day.

It seems that our schools and other agencies are trying to erase any memory of one of the most terrible wars ever fought on American soil (the war between the states, 1861-1865).

Thumbs down to The Record for totally ignoring June 6, 1944, and the month of April, designated as Confederate History month. When I realize how involved Florida (third state to secede) was during that war and how many men of all colors fought on both sides, I am appalled that this community doesn’t take time to honor their ancestors.

There are three verified black Confederate States of America (CSA) soldiers in a local cemetery and 177 other CSA soldiers in cemeteries throughout the county, all of which receive CSA flags each year.

Gens. Kirby Smith and William Loring of St. Augustine were two of the South’s finest. Col. J.J. Dichinson of Marion County lead the First Florida Cavalry, constantly harassing the Union troops that occupied St. Augustine and northeast Florida, even at the expense of losing his own son, Charlie. These are just a few of the Florida men (and women) who gave their all in support of a “lost cause.” I have two ancestors, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina, who survived the entire war, and I promise I will always honor them and all “Johnny Rebs,” who lived and died for the cause.

Robert Talton   
St. Augustine