Monuments to hate-filled racists like Nathan Bedford Forrest and Theodore G. Bilbo need to be removed. Monuments to icons of the “Lost Cause” like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are dubious. Monuments to figures of great historical significance like Chief Justice Roger B. Taney who, by most accounts dispensed sound legal judgements in accordance with the generally accepted understanding of the Constitution of his time, need to be dealt with very carefully and thoughtfully.
However, tearing down a grave marker to over 300 Confederate common soldiers who merely did what their de facto government called upon them to do, much like my serving in Vietnam, is simply kicking over tombstones, mean, wanton vandalism.
All monuments are not the same. They need to be dealt with judiciously.