New markers for Confederate war dead being put up as old ones are defaced and removed

New markers for Confederate war dead being put up as old ones are defaced and removed

[Ed. – I think eventually Americans will come back to seeing that commemorations of dead soldiers and passages in history are not attacks on the living.  It’s what the living do at or about those memorials that makes the difference.  Solemn words, reflection, a tune or two from the past — those are one thing.  Assembling with torches to shout hate slogans is entirely another.]

While Confederate statues and monuments around the nation get removed, defaced, covered up or toppled, some new memorials are being erected, by people who insist their only purpose is to honor Civil War soldiers who died for the South.

Supporters of these new monuments describe a determination to hold onto their understanding of history.

“What I want to get across is how much the South suffered, not only through the war but after the war, during the Reconstruction years,” said David Coggins, who owns the Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Brantley, Alabama, which dedicated a memorial to “Unknown Alabama Confederate Soldiers” in September.

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Others say race has nothing to do with these new monuments, unlike those erected in the years after the war.

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