The Fight Against Stonewall Jackson Continues...
A while back some bloggers made the cry to do away with Lee/Jackson day here in Virginia. In West Virginia the Charleston Gazette made this point:
West Virginia has Stonewall Jackson Lake, Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Stonewall Resort, Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, a Stonewall Jackson statue on the Capitol lawn, and many others. Is it odd that so many tributes honor a general who fought against the United States in defense of slavery?
That is pretty much the same argument the Virginia bloggers stand on. "Defense of slavery" blah blah. My friend Jerry From on High sums it up:
But not to those West Virginians who paid for and erected those monuments that honor one of America's most famous - and successful - generals in its history, one who happened to be a native West Virginian.*
I wonder: Do the holier-than-thou dunderheads at the Gazette find it "odd" that the nation's most profoundly venerated cemetery - Arlington - also has a memorial dedicated to those who fought "in defense of slavery"?
“Not for fame or reward
Not for place or for rank
Not lured by ambition
Or goaded by necessity
But in simple Obedience to duty
As they understood it
These men suffered all
Dared all - and died”
-Rev. Randolph Harrison McKim
Confederate Memorial Arlington National Cemetery.