A very insightful piece from a tremendous historical blog Battles and Bones
Why Some Young Southerners Still Learn of Their Heritage
While the practical aspects of moving on and recovering after the South’s defeat occupied most of the energies of southerners in the decades following the War Between the States, remembrance was also a very important aspect of that recovery. There was a sense of duty and obligation to remember the sacrifices of the sons, fathers and brothers who had marched so optimistically off to war in the spring of 1861, only to return to find, in the words of veteran H.H. Kerr, “the home he left so beautiful in blackened ruins…his stock killed…his money of no value, and a system of reconstruction which made the horrors of war pale into insignificance.”
That sense of duty often manifested itself in the erecting of monuments, statues, highway markers, plaques and other memorials that dot the South’s landscape to this day.
Why yes, the most important reason for these monuments was, to remember the sacrifice, the valor, and the men who took up arms. The left has targeted these men, and yes, thei memories of Southerners today who still wish to honor their ancestors. This campaign is insidious and unrelenting, and, if left unchecked will eradicate every last vestige of our collective history. And no, the monuments to Confederates will not be the last targets. The left understands that to destroy a nation requires the erasure of that nation’s history and heritage. That is their goal, and some day, every monument, to any US soldier or sailor will become to “problematic” or “insensitive” or “violent” to be left standing. Some foolish “Conservatives” refuse to see this reality, and even applaud the removal of Confederate memorials. These are the most damnable fools, for they should understand that the outrage mob and cultural marxists will never stop their current campaign. Cowardice and appeasement will not deter these miscreants. Our memories must not be taken
Yet while memories will fade, we should never let them die completely. I believe we should—and will—continue to teach our children and grandchildren what our fathers and mothers and grandparents have taught us and passed down for generations. We will continue to share our family history around the supper table as we eat harvest that was grown and nourished from the very soil that contains the blood of our kin—blood that was shed while defending their homes. We will continue to share our family history on the front porches of our homes in the fading light of summer evenings surrounded by great trees that were present when our ancestors lived. We will continue to share our family history before a crackling fire in our homes on cold winter nights with our children and grandchildren gathered close around us. We will continue to share the stories, the sadness, the injustices, the glory, the bravery, the love, the patriotism, the loyalty and the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. We do this, in part, so that we might “honor our fathers,” as the scriptures command us. And we pray that our children and our grandchildren will do the same when their turn comes.
More than twenty years ago, I wrote that one day the left call for the total removal of Confederate monuments, and many Americans would have called me a fool. Well, here we are. And now I am sadly proven correct. I also said that our Founders would be next, and, well, I think we see that happening as well. Maybe one day the left, in their tolerant way will demand the bulldozing of Confederate cemeteries. Maybe one day monuments to US servicemen will be deemed too violent, too offensive? Don’t think so? You damn well better think again. Allow me to include this quote from Chief Joseph, it fits our current time
“A man who would not defend his father’s grave, is worse than a wild beast.”