Category Archives: Monuments

Removal of Confederate Monuments from National Parks?

A reader sent to me yesterday a copy of the proposed 2021 appropriation for the Department of the Interior, which includes the National Park Service, and he called to my attention to an item on pg. 160 of the appropriation: … Continue reading

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What’s In a (Confederate) Name?

Visitors to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis are engulfed in history. The magnificent grounds on the Severn River (known officially as “the yard”) abound in monuments, plaques, halls, and displays memorializing the nation’s naval heritage. Names of heroes … Continue reading

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The State of A.P. Hill’s Physical Remains

Most of Richmond’s monuments no longer stand where Confederate organizations placed them in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Protesters pulled down several, including Jefferson Davis and Williams Wickham, and the city expedited the removal of the remainder in … Continue reading

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“Stonewall Jackson is Down”

We had bushwhacked our way from the 17th Michigan Monument along Burnside Drive up through the woods to Heth’s Salient—a lesser-known part of the Spotsylvania Battlefield but one worth seeing. Doug Crenshaw and Bert Dunkerly had come up from Richmond … Continue reading

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A Visit to Richmond’s Monument Avenue

On Monday, June 22, I visited Richmond’s Monument Avenue to see for myself the effects of recent protests. You can see video from that trip on ECW’s YouTube page. What follows is an account of that trip. Some readers may … Continue reading

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All For the Union, 1910

From Elisha Hunt Rhodes of the 2nd Rhode Island, author of All For the Union, from a speech given at the 44th Annual Encampment, Department of Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic, Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. April 6 and 7, … Continue reading

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The Bust of Grant and the Indiscriminate Destruction of Monuments

For some people, Ulysses S. Grant’s monument in San Francisco toppled last Friday not with a clang but with a loud “I told you so.” “First, it’s Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, but just you wait,” those people have … Continue reading

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History vs. Memory: Statues of Stonewall Offer a Lesson

Do we erase history when we take down a statue? That’s a question at the core of recent debate concerning Confederate monuments. Personally, I’m not convinced we do, but I do know we erase memory. However, the distinction between “memory” … Continue reading

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Resources Related to This Week’s Headlines

Confederate culture—and what, if anything, to do about it—has dominated headlines this past week. I wanted to wrap up our Sunday with a hodge-podge of stuff, some serious and some not-so-much, that might provide readers with additional food for thought. … Continue reading

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A Night of Protesting on the Streets of Richmond

On Saturday evening, June 6th, I accompanied the “Shut It Down” march through Richmond as part of the larger Black Lives Matter rallies in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. Across the country we are having discussions … Continue reading

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