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Confederate Memorial Letter to Editor



Dear Editor,

Augusta’s Confederate Monuments and Landmarks Task Force has recently made public its recommendations to the city government, one of which is the removal of the “Confederate Monument” from Broad Street. Mayor Davis is to be commended for approaching the volatile issue of historic st...

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    • Mr. Houston has an excellent idea. Rather than tearing down what has always been a memorial to our local dead, build a memorial to our other locals who lack one. This memorial was not built during the 20th century to glorify the Confederacy as were some statues being removed. It was erected right after the war to honor those who died. All over the world, memorials to the dead from both sides of wars are allowed to remain forever. This should not be any different.

  1. Let us not divide ourselves by trying to erase history. My great-great grand uncle, William Hoover Rihl, was the first Union soldier to be killed north of the Mason -Dixon Line, in Greencastle, PA, about three miles north of the Maryland border. He and two also untrained others, engaged a battle hardened sixteen member Confederate patrol who were feeding their horses at at secession friendly farmhouse who were scoping out the area for the impending invasion of the impending Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania, which at that time had never committed troops to the Union Army. My Uncle Bill had joined a New York unit, although from Philadelphia. Pennsylvania was devided and most thought that The South shoud go its own way.
    In the meantime, my other great-great grand uncle, originally from Franklin County, VA, but having moved to Florida, was Captain Jon Talbot Bernard, and he was Robert E. Lee’s Ordinance Train Commander. The Bernard’s, from near Roanoke, VA, wee railroad people, I knew their grandchildren, and Uncle Jon probably supplied the bullet, that killed my other great-grend uncle Bill.
    Neither one of these people owned slaves or hated black people. So don’t be anachronistic and start tearing down statues because you don’t like wars that happened a couple of hundred years ago over issues that don’t even exist today. Confederates were Americans too, a lot better ones than some of the ones we have today. Let all of our historic heroes have their place in history.
    Robert H. Rihl

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