“Virginia is truly rich in history,” Kaine said. “Our state saw the majority of the Civil War’s largest and most significant battles. As the stewards of this American history, it has fallen to us, working in partnership with private organizations and the federal government, to protect and safeguard these national treasures."
Other national treasures, such as Confederate statues, seem to be more controversial. Were it not for the fact that both the battlefields and monuments bring in truckloads of tourist dollars, I doubt the federal government or state governments would be willing to commit "their" resources (our tax dollars) to preserving either battlefields or monuments. That's not a criticism, just an observation.
(My wife and I returned late last night from Liberty University's Civil War Seminar - what a weekend! I'll have lots to say and lots of photos to post in the coming days. The presentations were fascinating, the discussions lively, the whole event most memorable; including the opportunity to meet and chat with a well known Civil War movie producer/director. Also, my wife and I were privileged to stay at the Carter Glass Mansion over the weekend. That experience is a story in and of itself. Much to discuss in the coming days. Stay tuned.)