There is a growing chorus among some discussing Confederate monuments and statues that there is a need for such monuments to be "contextualized" - comments added at the site to explain the purpose of the monument so as to put the monument and it's meaning in "the proper context." I'll have more to say on that soon but, in the mean time, consider this quote:
We too easily lose sight of the fact that while the activities of Confederate veterans during the postwar decades reinforced their connection to the 1860s and with one another it did not prevent them from moving forward. These men ought not to be interpreted as stuck in time. It may not be a stretch to suggest that their experiences in the war eventually enhanced their love and attachment for the United States.The author of these words and I seldom agree on much. But on this, we certainly do. The "postwar decades" is when most of the Confederate monuments and statues went up. So let's keep the words of Kevin Levin in mind when we consider the whole lives of Confederate Veterans and, in particular, their "love and attachment" to these United States.