In regard to your remarks about Silent Sam. In all due respect, for someone who is at an institute of higher learning, I would think you would really want to know the truth about who and what "Silent Sam" represents. Do yourself a favor, educate yourself… go out and buy the book, "When In The Course of Human Events," by Charles Adams. Adams, for the record, is from the North. If you don’t have the money, tell me where to send it, and I will buy it for you.
Alice to fully understand why this country was at war in the late 1800s, you need to study all aspects from both sides, or don’t they still teach students to do that anymore? I fear I may already know the answer to that and it starts well before you enter college.
Do you really believe that all the men who sacrificed their lives, leaving behind their loved ones, did so, so that some rich man sitting up in his plantation house drinking mint juleps, could own slaves? If you do, I have some property way down south in Florida I can give you a real good deal on. Seriously, do you realize that less than 5 percent of the people in the Southern states even owned slaves? Slavery was wrong… and it still is! But I don’t hear too many people complaining, or trying to do anything where slavery still exists today. Why is that I wonder? Did you know that General Grant owned slaves even after the war ended, he said, "Good help was hard to find." So… Alice, do you rip up all the currency you might encounter that has his picture on it?
A little tip, follow the money trail… see where that leads you. You might start by finding out where most of the Federal Governments money was coming from before the war started. You also might try researching who funded the war for the Northern states. Seems these good old Northerners, and Old Abe, were worried, but not about slaves; they couldn’t have cared less. In his First Inaugural Address on March 4th, 1861, Lincoln said, "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
America has many problems Alice, destroying the monuments and flags of the Confederate States of America, will not do anything to alleviate one single problem. It will not heal one disease, it will not prevent any crimes, it will not give one orphan a home, it will not feed the hungry, it will not stop the wars in Iraq or Iran. It will not do one single thing to help this country and serves absolutely no purpose. On the other hand, you are trampling on the heritage and the ancestry of thousands of good and honorable people, and this stirs up discord where there was none. The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans are honorable, and these groups do, and have done everything they can to bring the races together, even standing up against hate groups that misuse the Confederate flags.
Reading the remarks you made about Silent Sam, makes me appreciate people like H.K. Edgerton and Leona McDonald all the more. In case you don’t know who they are, they are people of African descent. But I don’t call them African Americans, because to me, they are simply Americans. I love and respect them because they stand along side those of us that honor the men and women of the Confederate States of America. There is no hate nor malice in them, however the same cannot be said for people like you.
Alice, do yourself a favor, educate yourself on this. Get out there and personally meet some of the men and women of the UDC and SCV, you might be surprised to find out how very wrong you are.