Issue is removing the monument?

Letter to editor

Dear editor:

It appears that a history instructor at Louisburg College is once again trying to have the Confederate Monument removed.

I am certain that since the last attempt this instructor has had time to find out how many young men and boys from Franklin County were killed in this terrible conflict. He certainly has had time to find descendants here in the county and request their opinion on removal of the monument. I am certain that he would not be involved in this activity without this information. Maybe this has not been done.

When I heard that he had scheduled some sort of rally or demonstration this past Saturday, I was certain that he would invite prominent business and political leaders to attend. After all, the citizens of Franklin County should have the deciding voice in the decision. Or maybe he thought it would be best to gather groups far from Franklin County with no interest in the will of our citizens. A mob of people from outside our county should come in and force the removal of the monument? Maybe he did not contact the leaders in our county.

I doubt seriously if this instructor has any information on why this monument was erected in 1914 and the sentiment of the citizens of Franklin County at that time. This attempt appears to me to be nothing more than an exercise in self-serving ignorance. I am growing weary of the argument about moving the monument to a cemetery. The objective is to permanently remove the monument.

What we are probably witnessing is students with a weak high school education attending a college that is more interested in promoting social change than teaching history. It would be interesting to give recent graduates of this institution a history quiz.

I do not understand a college that promotes tearing down monuments and society rather than teaching history. If this instructor can persevere, he will have the ability to not only embarrass himself but embarrass Louisburg College, the town of Louisburg and Franklin County.

I probably will not live long enough to see it but if this level of ignorance continues, we will see groups tearing down monuments to soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Can we imagine having this activity exist when our veterans of The War of Northern Aggression were still alive? If this instructor would like a real challenge, I am certain that our Vietnam vets would be happy to chat with him.

On another note, President Lincoln being characterized as someone interested in bringing the country together is not totally accurate. The primary objective of President Lincoln was to preserve the union, but he was the commander and chief when General Sherman burned Atlanta on his way to Savannah. General Sherman continued his "scorched earth" campaign through Charleston and Columbia on his way to accept the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnson at Bennet Place. The level of destruction and hardship at the end of the war is unbelievable for blacks and whites, rich and poor.

It is interesting to note that many of his troops marched through Franklin County on their way to Durham.

I do appreciate the efforts of many of the citizens of Franklin County to protect the monument from damage or graffiti. A little bit of reading will shed light as to why these monuments were erected, but ignorance appears to be in style.

Warren Harris
Justice Community