Civil War

To Mr. Tolin and others of his ilk. You want truth in labeling of the statues. Are you sure you can handle the truth? One of the major causes of the Civil War was the right of the states to determine whether to permit slavery.

However, it was necessary for the economy of the South to have field hands to work the cotton and tobacco fields. The South had large plantations while the North had smaller farms but had industry. But the wealthy in the North had indentured servants and/or workers including children as young as 4 and 5 years old! Many worked up to 18 hours a day, 6 days a week, under horrible conditions. How is this different from today when some people insist we need to have cheap immigrant labor over American-born workers?

Now, about the leaders of the Confederacy:

1) Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, served as U.S. secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce.

2) Stonewall Jackson, a lieutenant for the South, Lee referred to him as “my right arm”; he was “accidentally” shot by some of his own men and died in Charlottesville!

3) Joseph Johnston, prior to the Civil War, had fought to free Texas from Mexico! (had 3 horses shot out from under him.)

4) General Robert E. Lee, leader of the Confederate forces, was originally asked by President Lincoln to lead the Union Army. He chose to go the way of Virginia, his home. Lee had been raised with the idea that states rights took precedence over that of the federal government.

As President Trump said recently regarding Charlottesville, “There are good and bad on both sides.” Don’t forget, the Civil War was father against son, brother against brother. They were all Americans. In fact, the four “Confederates” I named were all graduates of West Point! Some of the military tactics of Lee are still referred to today!

When President Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, we were in the midst of the Civil War (1861-1865.) Quoting a portion of that famous speech — “We cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it… from these honored dead… we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

As for dissolving the Union, do you recall these historical words? “When in the course of human events, it welcomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political brands which have connected them with another…”

Could these words from the Declaration of Independence have inspired southern states to serve from the “tyranny” of the government?

Now, to those of you who still feel we need to tear down certain statues, let’s start with “Lady Liberty”! After all, what right does a French woman have to welcome refugees and immigrants to the shores of a country that once belonged to the American Indians? One American Indian leader once suggested that the Statue of Liberty should be replaced by the statue of an American Indian woman such as Pocohantas.

I believe in teaching history as it happened — warts and all, not this “politically correct” garbage.

June Shores

South Williamsport