Many thanks to Bradley Gray for his excellent letter in the June 26 News-Post, “Confederate statues not worth protecting.” The short history he provides completely refutes the idea of “heritage” as a reason for publicly honoring the Confederacy.

The U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 3, reads: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them aid and Comfort....”

Clearly, those who fought against the United States during our Civil War fit the definition of “traitor” in the Constitution. Public statues, street names, and the naming of public places are ways we honor historic figures. The leaders of the Confederate States of America do not now, and never did, deserve such honor.

The monuments should not be removed by mob action, and it should not take mob action to spur elected officials into acting. However, the mobs can be stopped by elected leaders doing the right thing which is to cleanse our parks and public places of the ugly residue of the attempt to destroy our nation.

Ellis Burruss

Brunswick

(4) comments

jerseygrl42

"The right thing" should be determined by the people...all of them!

Blueline

After the Civil War, most Confederates were allowed to go home after signing an Oath of Allegiance to the US. Pres. Andrew Johnson pardoned all in 1868, but Jefferson Davis was held in prison for two years for treason. The charges were eventually dropped. In 1862, after the Union took New Orleans, William Mumford was hanged for treason after he took down the US flag that was atop the Mint building, & dragged it through the streets where it was ripped to shreds by a mob.

MD1756

First, let me state that I'd be happy if we removed all public monuments to everyone and stopped naming buildings, facilities, etc. after people. Having said that, there are a number of former Confederates who came back and served their country well after the civil war. Do they belong in the same category? Why aren't people outraged about George Washington who rebelled against the legitimate government at the time, in a large part because of the taxes being levied on the colonies for the defense of the colonists who kept starting wars with the Indians and France because of their expansion into their territories.

Dwasserba

Agree. I think monuments to the Confederacy were done to try to heal wounds and move on, as well as less honorable reasons, and their time if not over, should well be.

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