The meaning of Confederate History Month
By John P. Williams
I found it ironic that The Post placed the article “Faces of the Civil War, staring out across the decades” above Robert McCartney’s column, “McDonnell’s laudable lead on Confederate past,” on the front of the Oct. 3 Metro section.
Though I did not vote for Robert F. McDonnell or George Allen for any office, in my mind their proclamations of “Confederate History and Heritage Month” has never been an edict in support of the evil practice of slavery. As the “Faces” article pointed out, most of the brave men who fought for both sides did so out of “innocence and idealism” and to defend their states, which at the time were more important than country.
Confederate History Month is about the sacrifices that made Virginia strong, on the soil where not only the seed of America was planted but also the capital of the Confederacy. You don’t have to recognize it, but please allow those of us with deep roots in our state to honor those who fought and died for Virginia and those who rebuilt it to the prominence it enjoys today.
| October 10, 2010; 8:32 PM ET
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