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Letter: Confederate monuments should not be taken down

Confederate monuments should not be taken down

Absolutely ludicrous! Since when did Civil War monuments become political pawns? I’m speaking about the plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va. Whoever is behind all this should reconsider.

Like it or not, Lee and other Confederate generals are historical figures, just as are Union generals William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan, to name a few.

So you know what? Let’s just remove all Civil War monuments and markers from parks, town squares, cemeteries and battlefields, Union and Confederate. And let’s just deny the whole thing ever happened. Now there’s a great idea.

I am a Civil War re-enactor Union soldier, and I’m appalled at the thought of our Confederate counterparts not being able to fly their battle flags. It hasn’t happened yet, but there has been talk about it.

Anyway, let’s leave it at this. Folks, if you don’t like these monuments, don’t look at them. But please don’t deny their right to stand. Do not squelch the South’s pride of its soldiers.

By the way, Lee was a West Point graduate and served in the Mexican-American War. Yes, he was a Union soldier until his native Virginia seceded. And as some might believe, he was not a racist.

Ed Brodbeck

Cheektowaga

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