Another Confederate Soldier Falls

Graffiti covers traffic barriers surrounding the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Va., July 4, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Statues of Rebel fighters do not necessarily imply an endorsement of racism.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I   was born in 1952, during the presidency of Harry Truman. Nine years later, this country began its centennial commemoration of the Civil War. I was completely swept up in it, writing letters to chambers of commerce all around the battle-affected states to solicit information on nearby battlefields, both decisive and inconsequential. A year later, my parents surprised me with a trip to Gettysburg in the family station wagon. The evening of August 29, 1963, I spent the night in the house used by Robert E. Lee as headquarters during that titanic battle. Upon returning home, I wrote a letter to


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